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Nellene Benhardus

Nellene Benhardus
Visiting Assistant Professor
Office:
305B EPB

I have been a Visiting Assistant Professor in the English department since 2018. Within the major, I teach 19th and 20th century British literature, often with a focus on queer authors, gender and sexuality studies, or adaptation. I also have extensive experience teaching composition, and I am passionate about working with non-native English writers, writers with disabilities, and writers at the developmental level. My primary research focuses on the intersection of Victorian religion, gender, and sexuality as I consider how gender and sexual minorities found creative ways to negotiate the limits of traditional Victorian Protestantism and Catholicism. Secondary interests include addiction and addiction recovery in contemporary popular culture. My writing has appeared in Studies in Gothic FictionJournal of the Fantastic in the Arts, and the Gale Researcher in British Literature. I am currently working on a book chapter that suggests reading Vernon Lee's life and work through the lens of non-binary gender.