Kja ISAACSON

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Kja ISAACSON
PhD Candidate

2009-2014: Ph.D., English, University of Ottawa; 2007-2008: M.A., English, Dalhousie University Thesis: “The Lurking Poison of Sensuality”: French Novels and Sensation Fiction in Lady Audley’s Secret and The Doctor’s Wife;
2003-2007: B.A. (Hon), English and French, University of Manitoba


Work E-mail: kisaa037@uOttawa.ca

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Biography

University degrees

  • 2009-2014: Ph.D., English, University of Ottawa
  • 2007-2008: M.A., English, Dalhousie University
    Thesis: “The Lurking Poison of Sensuality”: French Novels and Sensation Fiction in Lady Audley’s Secret and The Doctor’s Wife
  • 2003-2007: B.A. (Hon), English and French, University of Manitoba

Fields of interest

  • Nineteenth-century literature
  • Nineteenth-century scientific writing
  • Crime/detective fiction
  • Sensation fiction
  • Darwinism and evolutionary theory  

Research Interests

My current research investigates evolutionary theory and temporality in the late-Victorian novel. After the publication of On the Origin of Species (1859),Darwin’s theories influenced narration and the representation of time in Victorian fiction. I am primarily interested in studying popular fiction in the second half of the nineteenth century that reflects a modern and scientific temporality stemming from evolutionary sciences.

Employment

  • Winter 2011: Teaching Assistant, English 1112: Technical Report Writing 
  • Fall 2010: Teaching Assistant, Writing Centre
  • Winter 2010: Research Assistant, Dr. Ina Ferris 
  • Fall 2009: Teaching Assistant, English 1100: Workshop in Essay Writing

Fellowships and Awards

  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, 2011-2014
  • University of Ottawa Excellence Scholarship, 2011-2014
  • University of Ottawa Graduate Scholarship, 2009-2011
  • Dalhousie University Graduate Scholarship, 2007-2008
  • Outstanding Student of the Year, Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba, 2007

Scholarly Activities

  • President, Department of English Graduate Student Association (GSA), University of Ottawa, 2011-2012
  • PhD Representative, Department of English GSA, University of Ottawa, 2010-2011
  • First-Year Representative, Department of English GSA, University of Ottawa, 2009-2010

Conference Papers

“Polite Language and Female Social Agency in Frances Burney’sEvelina.” Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Memorial University, 14 October 2010.

“Re-Writing Madame Bovary: An Escape for the Female Reader in The Doctor’s Wife.” University of Ottawa English Graduate Conference, 11 June 2010.

“‘The Curse of Decay’: Science, Time, and Empire in The Secret Agent.” Ryerson Literatures of Modernity Symposium, Toronto, 29 March 2010.

“‘The Lurking Poison of Sensuality’: The Threat of French Novels and Sensation Fiction in Victorian England.” University of Ottawa Graduate Students’ Association Interdisciplinary Conference, 25 February 2010.

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