Emily Beckwith is a 1st year doctoral student specializing in the Victorian period and the afterlives of its literature, people, and culture as seen on film, TV, and YouTube. She’s interested in how film and new media representations complicate, affirm, or otherwise shape our understanding of the Victorian period; and how the Victorian period has been and continues to be understood by, reimagined by, and made germane to contemporary audiences. Her current research project examines In Earnest, a YouTube series based off of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, for the ways form and time are manipulated. She will present this paper, "In Earnest: Considering the Literary Web Series as Fanfiction," at the Pop Culture Association's national conference in April 2019. Her other research interests include fairy tales and their many iterations, post colonial studies, affect theory, and 20th century British and American literature.
She recently presented the following papers: “(Re)affirming Moral Boundaries: Representations of Fame in George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda” (an excerpt from her MA thesis) at the 2017 British Association for Victorian Studies conference and “An Affective Approach to Film Adaptation: Source Text Knowledge as Affect-Mediating Body” at the 2017 Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language and Media. In November 2018, she will present “‘Vaguely Historical, Loosely Literary, Stupidly Smart Comedy’ and How to Use It in the Classroom,” a paper on the YouTube series Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party, at the Victorians Institute conference.
M.A., Oregon State University, 2017.
Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching, Oregon State University, 2017.
B.A., Carleton College, 2012. Magna cum laude.