Graduate Teaching Assistant
PhD Candidate

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Holly Gallagher is a Ph.D. Candidate studying literature and visual culture of the long nineteenth century. She is currently writing a dissertation, "Why Cleopatra?: Representation and Ideas of Nationality," in which she looks at how depictions of Cleopatra contribute to ideas of femininity and nationality in nineteenth-century British literature and culture. She has an essay, “Vibrant Art on the Grand Tour in Anna Jameson’s Diary of an Ennuyée,” in the forthcoming publication Material Transgressions: Romantic Bodies, Affects, Genders (eds. Kate Singer, Mount Holyoke College, Suzanne L. Barnett, Francis Marion University, Ashley J. Cross, Manhattan College). She has curated exhibitions at the Russell Special Collections Library, including one exhibition showcasing eighteenth- and nineteenth-century textual history, women’s writing, and drama.

Gallagher also worked as assistant art director at an art gallery in Chicago and as the curatorial assistant in the Modern and Contemporary Art Department at the Baltimore Museum of Art. 


M.A., North Carolina State University, British and American Literature

M.A., University of Chicago, Film Studies

B.A., Mount Holyoke College, Visual Art Theory  

Research Interests:

Nineteenth-Century Literature, Literature and the Visual Arts, Early Cinema, Gender Studies, Affect Theory

My Research Areas and Approaches