Maddison McGann

PhD Graduate Candidate

Maddison McGann is an English Ph.D. candidate who works on 19th-century British literature, environmental humanities, narrative theory, and the novel. Her other areas of interest include Victorian reviewing and print culture. In broadest terms, Maddison’s dissertation, “Reading Ecologies: Narrative Forms and the Victorian Literary Imagination,” extends recent scholarship in narrative theory and ecocriticism to illustrate how industrial and ecological forces shaped the narrative structures of Victorian fiction. Her work in this area granted her the Honorable Mention MVSA Walter L. Arnstein Dissertation Prize in Victorian Studies, as well as the CLAS Dissertation Writing Fellowship, the Frederick P.W. McDowell Scholarship, and the Freda Dixon Malone Dissertation Scholarship. Maddison’s work has appeared in Victorian Periodicals Review and the Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies.

Before coming to the University of Iowa, Maddison earned an M.A. in the Humanities from the University of Chicago. She also holds an M.A. in English from the University of Iowa, and a B.A. in English from the University of South Florida. Maddison currently serves as an English instructor at the University of Iowa, where she designs and instructs courses related to media, technology, and Victorian fiction. 

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