The 19th Century Research Seminar (19CRS) joins with Baylor University’s English department, the Armstrong Browning Library, and other academic departments of Baylor University provide an interdisciplinary forum for faculty and graduate students in and outside of Baylor to present original research in all areas of nineteenth-century studies. Every academic year 19CRS hosts a series of monthly lectures. Scholars of all disciplines are encouraged to present research that furthers our understanding of the 19th century.
See below for information about the 19CRS committee:
Joshua King is an Associate Professor of English at Baylor University and the current holder of the Margarett Root Brown Chair in Robert Browning and Victorian Studies at the Armstrong Browning Library. He founded the 19th Century Research Seminar in fall 2010 and has coordinated it since that time. Dr. King is author of Imagined Spiritual Communities in Britain’s Age of Print (Ohio State 2015) and coeditor, with Winter Jade Werner, of Constructing Nineteenth-Century Religion: Literary, Historical, and Religious Studies in Dialogue (Ohio State, May 2019). He has published numerous articles and essays on poetics, religion, print culture, and, more recently, ecotheological and environmental perspectives in the works of William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keble, John Henry Newman, Alfred Tennyson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Matthew Arnold, Christina Rossetti, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and many others. His new book project, The Body of Christ, the Body of the Earth: Poetry, Ecology, and Christology, shows how nineteenth-century British poets developed ecological visions by diversely reaffirming the participation of all creatures in God through Christ.
Kristen Pond is an Assistant Professor of English at Baylor University. Her research and teaching focus on the development of the novel, the rhetoric and ethics “border: 5px solid black;” of sympathy, and gender studies. Her work appears in Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Victorian Literature and Culture, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and Victorian Review. Her current book project examines the figure of the stranger in Victorian literature and culture.
Tara C. Foley is a Lecturer in English at Baylor University. She specializes in nineteenth-century American literature; specifically, her research interests include literature and urban planning, medical humanities, and literature of the American West. Her work has appeared in The Howellsianand Enarratio: Exposition, Recounting, and Conversation. Her current book project analyzes the contributions of American writers to urban planning initiatives in major American cities at the end of the nineteenth century.
Jennifer L. Hargrave is an Assistant Professor of English at Baylor University. She specializes in British Romanticism and its global entanglements. Her research also encompasses literature of the long eighteenth century as well as women’s and gender studies. Her current book project recovers the history of intellectual exchanges between the British and Chinese empires, showing how a literary examination of Anglo-Sino relations produces a new narrative of interimperial exchanges premised on intellectual curiosity as well as geopolitical gain. She has published articles in Eighteenth-Century Studies, European Romantic Review, Nineteenth-Century Contexts: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and SEL Studies in English Literature 1500–1900.
Joe Stubenrauch is an Assistant Professor of History at Baylor University. His research focuses on the cultural history of religion in nineteenth-century Britain and has appeared in Church History and Perspectives in Religious Studies. His first book, The Evangelical Age of Ingenuity in Industrial Britain, was published by Oxford University Press in 2016. His current book project analyzes religion in nineteenth-century, working-class autobiographies.
Holly Spofford is a Ph.D. student in the English department at Baylor University. Her research interests broadly center on the portrayal of human and nonhuman communities in Romantic and Victorian poetry. She is particularly interested in how 19th century poets use the resources of religious and liturgical language to conceptualize these communities. A Conyers scholar at Baylor, she received her B.A. from Grove City College with a major in English and minor in history.
Molly Lewis is a PhD student in the English Department at Baylor University. Her research interests variously intersect with aesthetics, ecology, and death in Romantic and Victorian poetry and prose. She is especially interested in the work of John Ruskin and William Morris. Molly earned an MSc in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh and a BA in English with a Writing Concentration from Wheaton College in Illinois.
Sarah Tharp is a Ph.D. student in the English department at Baylor University. Her research interests focus on 19th-century medievalism. Her MA thesis examined how 19th-century editors mediated medieval texts in their editions and translations of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. For her doctoral research, she is particularly interested in examining medievalism in relation to 19th-century social issues. She received her MA from Baylor, and her BA from Olivet Nazarene University with majors in English and Social Sciences.
Stewart Riley is a current PhD student at Baylor University. He received his masters degree from Baylor in the Summer of 2019, and beginning his doctoral work the following semester. Having graduated from Biola University and the Torrey Honors Institute, he has been instilled with a love for many kinds of literature, but especially the traditions that inform and stem from English poetry, Platonic philosophy, and Russian novels. He currently writes on the poetry and theology of Gerard Manley Hopkins, and often thinks about the relationship between the sacred and the secular in western culture. He has also developed a passion for the baking of bread, roasting of coffee, and brewing of tea, which he especially loves when shared with friends on front porches and living room parlors.