Heidi Renee Aijala

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Victorian Poetry, Affect Theory, Neo-Formalism, Narratology, Composition Studies


Heidi Renée Aijala is a doctoral candidate in English specializing in Victorian poetry. Broadly speaking, her research explores intersections of domesticity and violence in nineteenth-century women’s verse. Heidi Renée’s current research considers how female bodies on and near the Crimean battlefield displaced domesticity as the central mark of women’s identity, thus making room for poets, such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning, to imagine artistic production as a corrective to Victorian domesticity.

Heidi Renée holds a master’s degree in English from Western Washington University (2013), a master’s degree in teaching from Saint Martin’s University (2009), and a bachelor’s degree in English from Saint Martin’s University (2006). Previously, she worked as an English teacher in a public high school and taught English 101 at WWU. Heidi Renée currently teaches rhetoric at the University of Iowa and tutors in the rhetoric writing center.