Ellen Stockstill, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of English, School of Humanities
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Olmsted Building, W355C
W355 OLMSTED BLDG
PENN STATE HBG
MIDDLETOWN, PA 17057
Biography

Biography: Ellen Stockstill earned her Ph.D. from Georgia State University where she focused her work on "fallen women" in Victorian literature and culture. She received a M.A. in English from Georgia State University and a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Arlington where she was also a scholarship athlete. Before coming to Penn State Harrisburg, Dr. Stockstill was a Marion L. Brittain Fellow at Georgia Tech where she taught in the School of Literature, Media and Communication. Her scholarship and teaching focus on British literature, and she is co-author of the book "A Research Guide to Gothic Literature in English" (Rowman & Littlefield 2018). She is currently writing a book on Victorian documentary novels.

 

Research Interests

Victorian literature, history, and culture

The history and form of the novel

British imperialism

Public scholarship

Publications

A Research Guide to Gothic Literature in English: Print and Electronic Sources. Co-authored with Carol Senf and Sherri Brown. Rowman & Littlefield, 2018.

“#MeToo and Victorian Literature: Reading Against Rape Culture in the Undergraduate Classroom.” Co-authored with Jessica Mele. Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies 16.2 (2020): np.

“Podcasting Thomas Hardy: Michael Ian Black’s Obscure.” Thomas Hardy Journal 35 (2019): 74-85.

“Teaching Wilkie Collins and the Periodical Press.” Wilkie Collins Journal 16 (2019): np.

“Degenerate or Victim? Fallen Women, Disease, and the Moral Strength of the British Empire.” Nineteenth-Century Prose 44.1 (2017): 21-38. “From Vivisection to Gender-Reassignment: Imagining the Feminine in The Island of Doctor Moreau.” Victorian Medicine and Popular Culture. Ed. Louise Penner and Tabitha Sparks. New York: Routledge, 2015. 125-36.

“Vampires, Border Crossing, and Panic in Sheridan Le Fanu’s ‘Carmilla.’” The Moral Panics of Sexuality. Ed. Breanne Fahs, Mary L. Dudy, and Sarah Stage. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 44-56.

“Degenerate or Victim? Fallen Women, Disease, and the Moral Strength of the British Empire.” Nineteenth-Century Prose 44.1 (2017): 21-38.

“Transgressive Sex and Punishment: Hetty Sorrel and the Penal Colony in Adam Bede.” The Victorian 1.1 (2013): 1-7.

“Gender Politics in Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s ‘The Lady of Shalott.’” The Explicator 70.1 (2012): 13-16.

“Silly Novels by Lady Novelists.” The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women Writers. Ed. Lesa Scholl, Emily Morris. Palgrave, 2020.

“Fallen Woman.” The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women Writers. Ed. Lesa Scholl, Emily Morris. Palgrave, 2019.

“Wole Soyinka.” The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. Ed. Saengeeta Ray, Henry Schwarz, et al. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016.

“Grace Ogot.” The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. Ed. Saengeeta Ray, Henry Schwarz, et al. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016.

“An Interview with Van Jensen, Author of Casino Royale.” International Journal of James Bond Studies, 1.2 (2018).

“Rescuing England: The Rhetoric of Imperialism and the Salvation Army.” The Public Domain Review. Aug. 16, 2017.

“The Victorian Origins of the Mannequin Challenge.” The Conversation. Dec. 9, 2016.

Education

M.A.; Ph.D. (Georgia State University)

B.A. (University of Texas at Arlington)

Course Schedule
English 489: British Women Writers
English 457: British Fiction since 1945
English 455: Topics in British Literature
English 453: The Victorian Novel
English 452: The Victorians
English 222: British Literature after 1798
English 221: British Literature to 1798
English 200W: Introduction to Critical Reading
English 197: Special Topics
English 104: The Bible as Literature
English 015: Rhetoric and Composition