Research


Publications

“‘The Dark Descent’: Amnesia’s debt to Victorian physiological psychology” Neo-Victorian Studies 8.2 (2016) Neo-Victorian Studies Archive

Amnesia (2010) is arguably one of the most successful horror games to date, particularly if its success is measured by the level of fear it has instigated in its players. Developed by Frictional Games, Amnesia is set in 1839 and follows an English protagonist named Daniel as he traverses a mysterious and merciless Gothic castle. This paper seeks to situate Amnesia in the context of both nineteenth-century psychological theory and the ways that those theories have been inflected in neo-Victorian literature and criticism.

“The Holistic Truth of Memory and Testimony in The Ring and the BookVictorian Literature and Culture 41.2 (2013)
Cambridge Journals Online

The questions that The Ring and the Book raises regarding truth, perception, and testimony have long concerned critics. However, few critics have given particular focus to the role that memory plays in the poem. Robert Browning’s introduction of at least ten iterations or perspectives (depending on how you count) of the same narrative within one work remains unique. As such, I suggest that truth is represented in the poem as a process of memory, in which truth becomes a holistic concept that encompasses all the variance and contradiction that are inherent in multiple memories.

“Inoculation and Empire: Cigarette’s Healing Power in Ouida’s Under Two FlagsVictorian Network 1.1 (2009)
Victorian Network Archives

Under Two Flags is perhaps Ouida’s most well-known work, and this fame stems in part from the character of Cigarette, whose fierce fighting associates her with masculine heroism, while her status as a highly desirable woman in French colonial Africa emphasizes her femininity. While several scholars have argued that Ouida essentially undermines Cigarette as a feminine and feminist character in the novel’s ending, I argue that it is possible to read Cigarette as a positive and central figure of healing.