CV

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

2019                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

2015                Ancient Latin Intensive Course, King’s College London

RESEARCH INTERESTS

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

FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, AND HONORS

University of California, Santa Cruz

2018                Dissertation Fellowship, Literature

2018                Research and Travel Grant, Literature

2017                Summer Research and Travel Grant, Literature

2017                Research and Travel Grant, Literature

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

King’s College, London

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

CONFERENCE ACTIVITY

Papers Presented

2018                “Metamorphic Decadence and Queer Futurity in Michael Field’s To an Exile,” “Victorian Futures,” VISAWUS Conference, Palm Springs, CA, November.

2018                “‘Our fair girl-boy’: Queer Decadent Pantomime in Michael Field’s ‘Decadent Trilogy,’ “Measure and Excess” INCS, Rome, ITL, June.

2018                “Decadent Translation and Same-Sex Marriage in Walter Pater’s Marius the Epicurean,” Curiosity and Desire in Fin de Siecle Art and Literature, Clark Library UCLA, CA, May.

2017                “Michael Field’s ‘Sapphic Passion’: Late Victorian Women’s Education and the Idea of Pederasty” VSAWC/VISAWUS “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.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

University of California Santa Cruz

Teaching Appointments

LIT116G: Victorian Monsters (Summer 2019)

LIT146G: Queer(y)ing Victorian Literature (Spring 2019)

Teaching Assistantships

ART80X: Ars Erotica (Winter 2019)

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

LIT 61: Love Poetry (Fall 2017)

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

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

LIT80W: Animals in the Ancient Mediterranean (Fall 2016)

LTPR102: Ancient Literature (Spring 2016)

LIT80T: Literature and Magic (Winter 2016)

LIT1: Literary Interpretation (Spring 2015)

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

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

LIT1: Literary Interpretation (Spring 2014)

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

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

 Graduate Student Researchship

2019                The Dickens Project, digitalizing The Dickens Project archive.

2018                National Endowment of the Humanities, “Why Literature Matters: Voices from Nineteenth-Century Britain and America,” Summer Seminar for School Teachers, directed by Janice Carlisle, Spring-Summer.

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

SERVICE

Dickens Project

2018-present Friends of the Dickens Project Board Member

2018                Facilitator, The Santa Cruz Pickwick Club

2017-2018       Social Media Manager, Dickens Project

2017                Graduate Representative, Dickens Universe Diversity & Inclusion     Committee

Victorian Lives and Letters Consortium

2017-18                Contributor, The Online Diaries of “Michael Field”

University of California, Santa Cruz

2016                Graduate Representative, Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication

2014-2015       Graduate Representative, Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication

 Department of Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz

2013-present               Graduate Representative, Dickens Universe

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

Conference Assistance

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

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

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

North American Victorian Studies Association

The Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States

Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies Association

International Walter Pater Association

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

 

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