Dr Jordan Kistler

Title: Lecturer in English
Phone: (+44) 01782 733758
Email: J.Kistler@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBB2.047
Role: Module convenor
Contacting me: Via email

Originally from the United States, I have studied and worked in three countries (the US, Canada, and the UK). I came to England in 2009 to pursue my doctoral studies at King’s College London and have remained ever since. My monograph, Arthur O’Shaughnessy, a Pre-Raphaelite Poet in the British Museum was published by Routledge in March of 2016. This work considered the intersections between nineteenth-century science and poetry in the writings of O’Shaughnessy and the wider impact of interdisciplinary exchanges on the Pre-Raphaelite literary circle. I am interested in Victorian poetry, literature and science, the New Woman and women’s writings of the fin de siècle, and Gothic fiction. 

My first monograph, Arthur O’Shaughnessy: A Pre-Raphaelite Poet in the British Museum (Routledge, 2016), explored O’Shaughnessy’s contributions to the Victorian medieval revival, Pre-Raphaelitism, decadence, and aestheticism. O’Shaughnessy’s work as a taxonomist in the British Museum is foregrounded in this study to suggest new ways of thinking about the relationship between science and literature during this period, through the lens of a technician rather than a theoretician.

Recently I have published on blindness and poetry, considering the ways in which blind poets can participate within image-driven modes of poetic expression, such as the nineteenth-century lyric and Pre-Raphaelite verse. This work was grounded in both the medical humanities and disability studies.

I am currently pursuing a project that focuses on the British Museum more broadly, considering the ways in which the changes occurring within the institution in the nineteenth century shaped wider cultural perceptions of the intersections between art, history, science, and literature.

Selected Publications

  • Kistler JL. A Poem Without An Author. Victorian Literature and Culture, vol. 44(4), 875-886. doi> link>
  • Kistler J. 2016. Arthur O'Shaughnessy, A Pre-Raphaelite Poet in the British Museum. Routledge.
  • Kistler JL. “Expectations of Darkness: The ‘Blind Poet’ P.B. Marston”. Victorian Poetry.
  • Kistler JL. Rethinking the New Woman in Dracula. Gothic Studies.

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Books

  • Kistler J. 2016. Arthur O'Shaughnessy, A Pre-Raphaelite Poet in the British Museum. Routledge.

Journal Articles

  • Kistler JL. A Poem Without An Author. Victorian Literature and Culture, vol. 44(4), 875-886. doi> link>
  • Kistler JL. “Expectations of Darkness: The ‘Blind Poet’ P.B. Marston”. Victorian Poetry.
  • Kistler JL. Rethinking the New Woman in Dracula. Gothic Studies.

In the 2016-17 academic year I will be convening Victorian Performances (level 5, semester 1). I will also be teaching on Reading Literature, Becoming a Critic, and Transatlantic Gothic.