School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Ella Mershon

Lecturer in Victorian Literature

Background

Biography

I am a lecturer in Victorian Literature, specializing in the literatures and sciences of the nineteenth century. Working across disciplines, time periods, and cultures, my research and teaching explore the many afterlives of Romantic and Victorian thought as they continue to shape understandings of the environment, constructions of the human, and interpretations of advancement and progress.

Qualifications

BA in English, University of California, Berkeley

MA in English, New York University

PhD in English, University of California, Berkeley

Previous Positions

A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Visiting Assistant Professor, Marquette University 







Research

Research Interests

My research interests include nineteenth-century literature, ecocriticism and the environmental humanities, science and technology studies, gender and sexuality studies, queer theory, and science fiction.

Current Book Project

I am currently at work on a book project called, “Inorganicism: The Forms of Decay in the Age of Coal,” which takes up the disjuncture between the Romantic promotion of organicism and the post-1800 rise of an “inorganic economy,” that is, an economy fueled by inorganic stocks of energy as opposed to organic flows of wind, water, and animal-based energy sources. 

Publications

An essay drawn from my current book project on John Ruskin’s geochemical conception of “dust” and the gender politics of self-formation was published in Victorian Studies and was selected as the Editor’s Choice for the issue. Another essay on fugitive, cryptic, and queer forms of fungal belonging is forthcoming in a special issue of Victorian Literature and Culture on “Open Ecologies.” 



Teaching

19/20: Semester 2 Office Hours

Tuesday, 10:00-11:00

Wednesday, 10:00-12:00


19/20: Semester Two

SEL3409: Planetary Imaginations

SEL2210: Independent Research Project 2

SEL1023: Transformations


19/20: Semester One

SEL2204: Victorian Passions, Victorian Values


18/19: Semester Two

SEL1023: Transformations



Publications

  • Mershon E. Ruskin's Dust. Victorian Studies 2016, 58(3), 464-492.
  • Mershon E. Pulpy Fiction. Victorian Literature and Culture 2019, 47(4). In Press.