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.

 

I have recently 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. I have also published on the figure of the New Woman in 1890s Gothic fiction.

 

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 reflect changing perceptions of the relationship between modernity and the past, between the arts and the sciences, and between the real and the fictional.

Selected Publications

  • Kistler JL. A Poem Without An Author. Victorian Literature and Culture, vol. 44(4), 875-886. doi> link> full text>
  • 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. full text>
  • Kistler JL. Mesmeric Rapport: the power of female sympathy in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Journal of Victorian Culture. full text>
  • Kistler JL. Rethinking the New Woman in Dracula. Gothic Studies. full text>

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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> full text>
  • Kistler JL. “Expectations of Darkness: The ‘Blind Poet’ P.B. Marston”. Victorian Poetry. full text>
  • Kistler JL. Mesmeric Rapport: the power of female sympathy in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Journal of Victorian Culture. full text>
  • Kistler JL. Rethinking the New Woman in Dracula. Gothic Studies. full text>

Undergraduate Modules:

Composition

Reading Literature

Telling tales: An Introduction to Narrative Fiction

Victorian Performances

Romanticisms

Freedom and Death: Female self-murder in the Nineteenth Century

 

Postgraduate:

Canon, Anti-Canon, Contexts

Reflective Practice in the Humanities

 

I am happy to supervise PhD research in the following areas:

Gothic fiction

New Woman fiction

Gender and sexuality in 19th-century fiction

Literature and Science

Nineteenth-century poetry

Pre-Raphaelitism