Anna Maria Jones, Ph.D.
- Ph.D. in English Literature from University of Notre Dame (2001)
- B.A. in English Literature from North Carolina State University (1993)
Victorian literature and culture; science and literature; the Gothic; Victorian periodicals; visual culture; Japanese manga and anime; Aestheticism and its afterlives; transnational neo-Victorianism
Recent Research Activities
Anna Maria Jones teaches courses in Victorian and neo-Victorian
culture, literary theory, history of the novel, modern British
Japanese manga and anime. All of her research, Victorian and
neo-Victorian, is concerned with the many-faceted, and often vexed, ways
readers engage with narrative and visual texts and with the ways that
invite readers to reimagine the boundaries of self and other. She is
interested in works that explore (and challenge) the intersecting
of gender and genre. Dr. Jones's book, Problem Novels: Victorian Fiction
Theorizes the Sensational Self, was published in the Ohio State University
Press’s Victorian Critical Interventions series in 2007. She is co-editor, with Rebecca N. Mitchell, of Drawing on the Victorians: The Palimpsest of Victorian and Neo-Victorian Graphic Texts (Ohio University Press). Her recent articles have focused on
eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century Gothic novels, William
Godwin's Caleb Williams and Richard Marsh's The Beetle, on Toboso Yana's neo-Victorian Gothic manga, Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler) and manga adaptations of A. C. Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, and on the short-lived Victorian monthly magazine, Dark Blue (1871-73).
Her current research explores transnational and transmedial engagements with and
appropriations of nineteenth-century Aestheticism. Formerly director of graduate studies for the Department of English, she is currently director of What's Next: Integrative Learning for Professional and Civic Preparation, UCF's Quality Enhancement Plan, a university-wide initiative to prepare undergraduates to achieve their professional goals and to be engaged, empowered citizens.
- Forthcoming "Transnational Neo-Victorian Studies: Notes on the Possibilities and Limitations of a Discipline." Literature Compass (forthcoming 2017).
- "Picturing 'girls who read': Victorian Governesses and Neo-Victorian Shōjo Manga.” Drawing on the Victorians: The Palimpsest of Victorian and Neo-Victorian Graphic Texts. Ed. Anna Maria Jones and Rebecca N. Mitchell. Athens, OH: Ohio UP, 2017. 300-330.
- “Inductive Science, Literary Theory, and
the Occult in Edward Bulwer Lytton’s ‘Suggestive’ Epistemological System.” Strange Science: Investigating the Limits of Knowledge
in the Victorian Age. Ed. Shalyn Claggett and Lara Karpenko. Ann Arbor: University of
Michigan Press, 2017. 215-30.
- “On the Publication of Dark Blue,
1871–73.” BRANCH: Britain,
Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History. Ed. Dino Franco Felluga.
Extension of Romanticism and Victorianism
on the Net. Web. (published 2015)
- "Palimpsestuous' Attachments: Framing a Manga Theory of the Global Neo-Victorian." Neo-Victorianism and Globalism: Transnational Dissemination of Nineteenth-Century Cultural Texts. Ed. Antonija Primorac and Monika Pietrzak-Franger. Spec. issue of Neo-Victorian Studies 8.1 (2015): 17-47.
- "The Victorian Childhood of Manga: Toward a Queer Theory of the Child in Toboso Yana's Kuroshitsuji." Criticism 55.1 (Winter 2013): 1-41.
Le Fanu.” A Companion to Sensation
Fiction. Ed. Pamela K. Gilbert. Oxford: Blackwell, 2011. 269-80.
should make thee inaccessible to my fury?’: Gothic Self-Possession, Revenge,
and the Doctrine of Necessity in William Godwin’s Caleb Williams.” European
Romantic Review 22.2 (2011): 137-54.
of Energy, Individual Agency, and Gothic Terror in Richard Marsh’s The Beetle, or, What’s Scarier than an
Ancient, Evil, Shape-shifting Bug?” Victorian
Literature and Culture 39.1 (2011): 65-85.
- “Victorian Literary Theory" Cambridge Companion to Victorian Culture. Ed. Francis O’Gorman. Cambridge: Cambridge
UP, 2010. 236–54.
- “‘A Track to the Water’s Edge’: Learning to Suffer in Sarah Grand’s The Heavenly Twins.” Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 26.2 (Fall 2007): 217-43.
- “Eugenics by Way of Aesthetics: Sexual Selection, Cultural Consumption, and the Cultivated Reader in The Egoist.” LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory 16.1 (2005): 101-28.
- “‘A Victim in Search of a Torturer’: Reading Masochism in Wilkie Collins’s No Name.” Novel 33.2 (2000): 196-211.
- Rev. of Moral Authority, Men of Science, and the Victorian Novel, by Anne DeWitt. Nineteenth-Century Prose 42.2 (2015): 354–59.
- Rev. of Realism, Ethics, and Secularism: Essays on Victorian Literature and Science, by George Levine. Victoriographies: A Journal of Nineteenth Century Writing, 1790-1914 1.1 (2011): 126-27.
- Rev. of Novel Violence: A Narratography of Victorian Fiction, by Garrett Stewart. Nineteenth-Century Literature 65.2 (2010): 253-56.
- “Not the Same Old Masochism.” Rev. of Imperial Masochism: British Fiction, Fantasy, and Social Class, by John Kucich. Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies 42.1 (Spring 2008). http://www.ncgsjournal.com/issue41/issue41.htm
- Forthcoming "After 'The Final Problem': The Case of the Transnational, Supernatural Sherlock Holmes." NAVSA Supernumerary Conference, Florence Italy, May 2017.
- “Yoshio Markino in London: Performing Bushido Performing Anglophilia
at the End of Empire.” NAVSA Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, November
- "Memory, Mimicry, and Mastery in Ishiguro's When We Were Orphans: Pip Meets Sherlock in Shanghai, 1937." 21st Annual Dickens Symposium: Dickens and Adaptation. Reykjavik, Iceland, July, 2016.
- "Fashioning Children and Other Beautiful Things in A. S. Byatt's The Children's Book." VISAWUS Victorian Studies Association of the Western United States, Denver, Colorado, October 2015.
Boys, Sensational Readers, and the Aesthetics of Neo-Victorian Manga.” Centre
for the Study of Cultural Modernity, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK, October 2015.
- "Alice's Global Afterlives: Persistent Attachments and Anxious Erasures in Neo-Victorian Graphic Appropriations of Alice in Wonderland." MLA Special Session, "Victorian and Neo-Victorian Graphic Sites of Memory." Presented at MLA 2015 Convention, Vancouver, BC, January 2015.
- "Synaesthesia and Tezuka's Beardsley: Entangled Arts, Queer Subjects, and the Transnational Afterlife of Aestheticism." Presented at NAVSA 2014 Conference, London, Ontario, November 2014.
- "Persistent Ephemera in a Transnational Marketplace: Reflecting on the Short Life and Neo-Victorian Afterlife of The Dark Blue." Presented at VISAWUS Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States Conference, Portland, Oregon, 2013.
- Roundtable Discussion of "The Victorian Childhood of Manga: Toward a Queer Theory of the Child in Toboso Yana's Kuroshitsuji," Studies in Sexualities Program, Emory University, September 2013.
- "Neo-Victorian Serials on Victorian Serials, or Lady Victorian Reads the Victorian Lady Reader." Presented at NAVSA North American Victorian Studies Association Conference, Madison, Wisconsin, 2012.
Contracts, Bishōnen, and the
Rejection of Futurity: How to Read Manga like a Victorian.” Presented at the 127th Annual MLA Convention, Seattle, Washington, 2012.
- "From Universal Law to Universal Love: Natural Law and Necessitarianism in Harriet Martineau's Radical Ethics of 'Unindividualism'." Presented at the 26th Annual INCS Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, Claremont, California, 2011.
Toward a Gothic Theory of Liberalism.” The CUNY Annual Victorian Conference: Victorian Theory?, CUNY Graduate
Center, New York, New York, May 2010.
- “Performative Femininity Meets Powerful Agency in
Margaret Oliphant’s Miss Marjoribanks,
or, When is a Gothic Villainess not a Gothic Villainess?” Thirty-first Annual
NCSA Nineteenth-Century Studies Association Conference, Tampa, Florida,
“‘What should make thee inaccessible to my fury?’:
Theorizing Fantasies and Phobias of Revenge in Caleb Williams.” PHOBIA: Constructing the Phenomenology of Chronic
Fear, 1789–Present Conference, Cardiff, Wales, 2009.
- “Self-Help, Revenge, and the Rights of Mannion in Wilkie Collins’s Basil.” Presented at the 23rd Annual INCS Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2008.
- “The Progress of Revenge in The Beetle, or, What’s Scarier than an Ancient, Evil, Shape-shifting Bug?” Presented at the 22nd Annual INCS Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, Kansas City, Missouri, 2007.
- “Inscrutable Revenge, or, the Psychopathology of Capitalism in Victorian Sensation Fiction.” Presented at the International Conference on Narrative, Washington, D.C., 2007.
- “Introducing...Theory: Teaching Literary Theory to Undergraduates.” Presented at the SAMLA Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2005.
- “Ambivalent Agency: The Militant Suffragette, The Swan, and the Tortured Body as a Site of Self-(Mis)Recognition.” Presented at [CTRL]: Controlling Bodies/Controlling Spaces Conference, Montreal, Quebec, 2004.
- “‘This is the saddest story I’ve ever heard’: Modernism’s Melancholia and the Loss of the Domestic in Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier.” Presented at the International Conference on Narrative, Berkeley, California, 2003.
- “‘Now I wanna be your dog’: Bestial Constructions of Interracial Homoerotic Desire, and the Anti-Bildungsroman in Wilkie Collins’s Armadale.” Presented at the 18th Annual INCS Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, Santa Cruz, California, 2003.
- “Eugenics by Way of Aesthetics: Sexual Selection and Cultural Consumption in George Meredith’s The Egoist.” Presented at the Northeastern Modern Language Association (NEMLA), Boston, Massachusetts, 2003.
- “Narrative Degeneration: Realism, Sexual Selection and the Death of Desire in George Meredith’s The Egoist.” Presented at the International Conference on Narrative, East Lansing, Michigan, 2002.
- "Le Fanu, Sheridan." Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature. Ed. Dino Franco Felluga, Linda K. Hughes, and Pamela K. Gilbert. Oxford: Blackwell, 2015.
- "On Revenge." Preface. Revenge. Ed. Dorothy Butchard and Barbara Vrachnas. Spec. issue of FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts 13 (2011). n. pag. Web. http://www.forumjournal.org/site/issue/13
- UCF Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award, 2016.
- Seminar Leader, NEH Summer Seminar, "Victorians Today: Encountering the Global Afterlives of the British Empire," Potsdam, NY, 2015.
- Participant, Freeman Summer Institute in Japan Studies, 2011.
- UCF Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award, 2011.
- Participant, National Humanities Center Summer Institute in Literary Studies, 2010.
- UCF Women's Research Center Award in the Arts and Humanities, 2010.
- UCF Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, Faculty Fellow, 2010-12.
- UCF Competitive Sabbatical, 2010.
- UCF In-House Grant, 2006.
- UCF Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award, 2006.
No courses found for Summer 2016.
No courses found for Fall 2016.
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|ENG6078.0M01: Contemporary Movements in Literary, Cultural, and Textual Theory
PR: Graduate standing in English
This course is a requirement for the Masters in Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies. The purpose of this course is to provide students with a vocabulary and a context for their own work as scholars and teachers to provide a forum in which to consider critical and theoretical questions in literary, cultural, and textual studies. It asks the questions: Why and how do we read texts as we do? What particular problems do specific theories attempt to address? How do different critical theories interact with one another and their historical and cultural contexts? In the course, we will consider key theoretical terms, such as “subjectivity,” “agency,” “text,” “history,” “representation,” “culture,” “power,” “beauty/aesthetics,” “interpretation,” “knowledge,” “language,” “discourse,” “author,” and “reader,” from various critical perspectives, and examine the assumptions underlying their use. Our approach will have a theoretical focus, but it is also a historical survey, so we will examine the intellectual history of critical theory in English studies.
No courses found for Summer 2017.
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||Tu 6:00PM - 7:15PM
|This course is a requirement for the Master’s in Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies. It may also, with the approval of your graduate advisor, serve as an advised elective for students in other MA tracks and graduate programs. The purpose of this course is to encourage students’ professionalization by allowing them to revisit, refine, and develop their graduate research and writing. It is designed around systematic and comprehensive revision of previous graduate writing, primarily but not exclusively toward the goals of publication and conference presentation. It aims to encourage students to develop productive habits of scholarly writing, peer collaboration and support, and self-assessment. In this course students will research presentation and publication venues, prepare and submit abstracts to conferences, refine their theoretical and critical methodologies, revise essays, and participate in peer review. Students in the Capstone course will also have the opportunity to participate in planning and hosting the English Symposium, an annual one-day conference for English faculty, students, alumni. Although the primary focus is on improving scholarly writing skills and/or pursuing academic publication, the skills that you will develop will be useful in any career that requires writing, editing, public speaking, event planning, and other related tasks.This course is an “M” course, which means it has reduced seat time and an online component.
No courses found for Spring 2018.
Updated: Mar 9, 2017