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Tara Thomas

curriculum vitae

Department of Literature

Humanities Building 1

University of California Santa Cruz

1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064

(530) 736-6473 – tanthoma@ucsc.edu

EDUCATION

2020                PhD (expected), Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz

Dissertation: “Late-Victorian Queer Decadent Classicism”

Committee: Carla Freccero, Joseph Bristow, Martin Devecka

This dissertation explores the influence of Roman literature on the archive of fin-de-siècle queer decadence in the English tradition. I discuss the discourses of non-normative gender and sexuality that appear in the reception and adaptation of Roman literature and myth.

2017                M.A. Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz

2012                B.A., English, Southern Oregon University

Additional Training

2020                Oral History Workshop, UC Berkeley

2020                OF/BY/FOR ALL Change Network Program, Santa Cruz, CA (online)

2015                Ancient Latin Intensive Course, King’s College London

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Victorian Literature, History of Sexuality, Classical Reception, Queer and Feminist Theory

FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, AND HONORS

 University of California, Santa Cruz

 2020                Research and Travel Grant, Literature

2019                Quarter-Long Dissertation Fellowship, Literature

2019                Summer Dissertation Fellowship, The Humanities Institute

2019                Anne and Jim Bay Fellowship in Victorian Studies

2018                Quarter-Long Dissertation Fellowship, Literature

2018                Anne and Jim Bay Fellowship in Victorian Studies

2018                Research and Travel Grant, Literature

2017                Summer Research and Travel Grant, Literature

2017                Research and Travel Grant, Literature

2017                Qualifying Exam Summer Fellowship

2016                Research and Travel Grant, Literature

2015                Research and Travel Grant, Literature

2015                Summer Research and Travel Grant, Literature

2015                Anne and Jim Bay Fellowship in Victorian Studies

2015                Research and Travel Grant, Literature

2014                Research and Travel Grant, Literature

2014                Anne and Jim Bay Fellowship in Victorian Studies

2013                Research and Travel Grant, Literature

2013                Regents Fellowship

Grants & Awards

2019                North American Victorian Studies Travel Grant

2018                Chris Vanden Bossche Graduate Student Travel Award (INCS)

2015                Ancient Language Summer School Bursary, Classical Association and Hellenistic Society

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

 “Theodora: Roman Decadent New Woman,” Studies in Walter Pater and Aestheticism (under review).

“Queer Metamorphic Poetics: Michael Field’s Unpublished Ovidian Philomela Trialogue,” Victorian Poetry (under review).

Reviews

“V21 Collations: Book Forum on Daniel Wright’s Bad Logic: Reasoning about Desire in Victorian Literature” (July 2018)

Non-Peer Reviewed Publications

“‘We Are Michael Field’: Uncloseting the Queer Archive,” Americana: A Bird and Beckett Review 6 (2016): 116-end. Print.

Non-Peer Reviewed Online Media Publications

“Introducing the George Eliot Archive: An Interview with Dr. Beverly Rilett,” The Dickens Project, 2019:https://dickens.ucsc.edu/news-events/news/george-eliot-achive.html

“Reading Like a Victorian: A Q&A with the Dickens Project,” The Dickens Project, 2019: https://dickens.ucsc.edu/news-events/news-by-year/2018-2019/tara-q-and-a.html.

“The Dickens Project Receives NEH Grant to Host Summer Seminar for School Teachers,” The Dickens Project, 2017:https://dickens.ucsc.edu/news-events/news-by-year/2017-2018/why-literature-matters.html.

CONFERENCE AND PRESENTATION ACTIVITY

Papers Presented

2019                “Gen(de)re Bending: Fin de Siècle Women Writing Decadent Pantomime,” North American Victorian Studies Association Conference “Media, Genre, and the Generic,” Columbus, Ohio, October.

2019                “Metamorphic Poetics and Queer Futurity in Michael Field’s Unpublished Ovidian Poems,” Dickens Project Winter Conference, UCLA, California, February.

2018                “Metamorphic Poetics and Queer Futurity in Michael Field’s Unpublished Ovidian Poems,” Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States “Victorian Futures” Conference, Palm Springs, California, November.

2018                “‘Our fair girl-boy’: Queer Decadence in Michael Field’s Imperial Roman trilogy,” INCS “Measure and Excess” Conference, Rome, Italy, June.

2018                “‘Aesthetically, very seductive’: Decadent Translation and Same-Sex Marriage Marius the Epicurean, International Walter Pater Society “Curiosity and Desire in Fin de Siècle Art and Literature” Conference, Los Angeles, California, May.

2018                “Decadent Translation and Same-Sex Marriage in Walter Pater’s Marius the Epicurean” Dickens Universe Winter Conference, Riverside, California, February.

2017                “Michael Field’s ‘Sapphic Passion’: Late Victorian Women’s Education and the Idea of Pederasty” Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada/Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States “Victorian Education” Conference, Vancouver, CAN, April.

2015                “Amid the myrtles of my dandy land”: Fin de Siècle Spatiotemporality and Queer Kinship in                          Michael Field’s To an Exile” Victorian Modernities Conference, Canterbury, UK, June.

2015                “Glancing Backwards: Michael Field’s To an Exile and Fin de Siècle Queerness” Dickens                           Universe Winter Conference, Knoxville, Tennessee, February.

2014                “‘She will win him; He shall kiss and love her’: Michael Field’s Divine Secular Love” Dickens Universe Winter Conference, Los Angeles, California, February.

2012                “‘She will win him; He shall kiss and love her’: Early Catholic Symbolism in the Poetry of Michael Field” Southern Oregon Arts and Research Symposium, Ashland, Oregon, March.

Panels Organized

2020                “Degenerate Poetics,” Co-Organized with Amy Huseby. “Unsettling Victorians,” NAVSA, Vancouver, CA, November. (upcoming)

2019                “Decadent Women, Aestheticism, and Genre,” Co-Organizer Jeffrey Kessler. “Media, Genre, and the Generic,” NAVSA, Columbus, Ohio, October.

Invited Lectures 

2020                “Love and Marriage in David Copperfield,” The Dickens Project Pickwick Club, Santa Cruz, CA, February.

2019                “Mothers and Sons in Dicken’s Barnaby Rudge,” The Dickens Project Pickwick Club, Santa Cruz, CA, April.

2018                “Victorian Vampires: British Imperial Femme Fatales,” LIT149B: Sex and Violence in Irish Literature (Fox), Santa Cruz, CA, April.

2015                “Queering Twelfth Night,” LIT80: Introduction to Shakespeare (Heald), Santa Cruz, CA, November.

2014                “Victorian Macbeth,” LIT80: Introduction to Shakespeare (Heald), Santa Cruz, CA, October.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

University of California Santa Cruz

Teaching Fellowships

WR2: Viral Vampires: Multimodal Literacy in Dracula (Spring 2020)

LIT116G: Victorian Monsters (Summer 2019) (Cross-listed in Feminist Studies)

LIT146G: Queer(y)ing Victorian Literature (Spring 2019) (Cross-listed in Feminist Studies)

Special Seminars

LIT112C: Charles Dickens (Writing Workshop, Summer 2019)

LIT112C: Charles Dickens (Writing Workshop, Summer 2018)

Teaching Assistantships

                        ART80X: Ars Erotica (Winter 2019, Stephens)

LIT61M: Classical Myth (Spring 2018, Devecka)

LIT149D: Sex and Violence in Modern Irish Literature (Winter 2018, Fox)

LIT 61: Love Poetry (Fall 2017, Kumar)

LIT61F: The Modern American Short Story (Summer Session 2017, Devos)

LIT101: Lov(e)ing Theory (Winter 2016, Coopan)

LIT80W: Animals in the Ancient Mediterranean (Fall 2016, Devecka)

LTPR102: Slavery in the Ancient Mediterranean (Spring 2016, Devecka)

LIT80T: Literature and Magic (Winter 2016, Nygaard)

LIT1: Literary Interpretation (Spring 2015, Bassi)

LTEL102B: The Traditional British Canon, Part II (Winter 2015, Kuskey)

LIT80Z: Introduction to Shakespeare (Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Heald)

LIT1: Literary Interpretation (Spring 2014, Fazzino)

LIT61J: Introduction to Jewish Literature & Culture (Fall 2013, Baumgarten)

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

 

Graduate Student Researchships

 

2019-present   The Dickens Project, The Dickens Project Library Archive, archival digitalization.

2018                National Endowment for the Humanities, “Why Literature Matters: Voices from Nineteenth-Century Britain and America,” directed by Janice Carlisle. March-June.

2017                The Dickens Project, for The Oxford Handbook of Charles Dickens, co-edited by John O. Jordan, Catherine Waters, Robert Patten. Spring.

 

SERVICE

 

Dickens Project

 

2019-present   The Dickens Project Archive, Lead Archivist

2018-present   Friends of the Dickens Project, Board Member

2018-present   The Santa Cruz Pickwick Club, Facilitator

2017-present   Media Manager

2017-present   Dickens Universe Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Graduate Representative

 

Victorian Lives and Letters Consortium

 

2017                The Online Diaries of “Michael Field,” Contributor

 

University of California, Santa Cruz

 

2014-16           Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication, Graduate Representative

 

Department of Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz

2013-present   Dickens Universe, Graduate Representative

2015                Nineteenth-Century Literature in Global/Transnational Contexts Job Search, Graduate Student Subcommittee

 

Conference Assistance

 

2018                “Serials, Cycles, Suspensions,” INCS Conference, San Francisco, California, March.

2014                “Cosmopolitanism, Aestheticism, and Decadence, 1860-1920,” Conference, Oxford, UK, June.

 

ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE

 

2012-2010       Office of International Programs, Southern Oregon University, Junior Assistant Director

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

 

North American Victorian Studies Association

The Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States

Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies Association

British Association of Decadent Studies

International Walter Pater Society

Modern Language Association, GLQ Caucus

 

REFERENCES

Carla Freccero, Professor                                           John O. Jordan, Dickens Project Director

Department of Literature UCSC                               Department of Literature, UCSC

1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064                 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064

freccero@ucsc.edu                                                      picasso@ucsc.edu

831-459-4129                                                             831-459-2704

 

Joseph Bristow, Professor                                           Martin Devecka, Professor

Department of English, UCLA                                  Department of Literature, UCSC

405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095           1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064

jbristow@humnet.ucla.edu                                         mdevecka@ucsc.edu

 

Renee Fox, Professor

Department of Literature, UCSC

1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064

rafox@ucsc.edu

831-459-2609

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