Graduate Teaching Assistant
PhD Candidate
Park Hall 10

Holly Gallagher is a Ph.D. Candidate studying literature and visual culture of the long nineteenth century. She is currently writing a dissertation, Gender and Affect in Nineteenth-Century British Literary Spaces of Art, in which she looks at how women writers influenced the field of art history by offering theories of perception that associated affective experiences with emerging ideas about vision. She has an essay, “Seeing with the Eyes of a Poet: Art, Affect, and Bricolage 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, Gender Studies, Affect Theory

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