PhD Candidate
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Instructor of Record

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Holly Simpson Fling is an English PhD Candidate with a Women’s Studies Certificate. Under the direction of Tricia Lootens, Richard Menke, and Roxanne Eberle, she works on the British long nineteenth century. In her dissertation, Holly uses Lewis Carroll’s looking-glass as a theoretical angle to examine lively matter in literature written by women.

While Holly's primarily works on British Romantic and Victorian literature, she is also interested in folklore and postcolonial literature of Sri Lanka, India, and Ireland, as well as nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature. She has a book chapter, “Passing Racial Connections in ‘Time Space’: A Chronotopic Approach to James Weldon Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man,” in Critical Insights: Harlem Renaissance. In this chapter, she explores James Weldon Johnson’s text through M.M. Bakhtin’s theory of the chronotope to reveal how seemingly disparate 19th-century racial issues are part of an interconnected vocalization of the South and expressed through the metonym of passing. 

Holly was on the steering committee for the 2016 Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers conference, which was held in Athens, Georgia. She was also a graduate assistant/administrator for the UGA at Oxford Program during the summer and fall of 2016 and the spring of 2018. While in Oxford, she studied under Stefano Evangelista of Trinity College.

During the fall term of 2016, Holly won a Graduate Student Research Award from the Willson Center, and in 2018, she was selected as one of two graduate students for the Dickens Universe Award. She was also chosen for an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in 2018.



PhD, English (expected completion May 2019), University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

MA, English (May 2013), Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri

BA, English (May 2011), Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri

AA, (May 2008), Moberly Area Community College, Kirksville, Missouri



Research Interests:

Holly's PhD research centers on the long nineteenth century in British literature, women's writing, and new materialisms. During her master's program, she worked on postcolonial literature, primarily Irish and South Asian, and she wrote her master's thesis on Sri Lankan literature. 

Selected Publications:

“Passing Racial Connections in ‘Time Space’: A Chronotopic Approach to James Weldon Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man,” published in Critical Insights: Harlem Renaissance by Salem Press

Curriculum Vitae:

My Research Areas and Approaches