About Me

short hair me 3Kayley Thomas

I’m an ABD Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English at the University of Florida, where I have also taught courses in literature, media studies, technical writing, and composition and rhetoric. I recently joined the English Department faculty at Santa Fe College as an adjunct instructor.

My Ph.D. work is centered in Victorian literature and culture, and my M.A. studies encompassed film & media, cultural studies, and British literature. I feel that this diversity in scholarship finds a fruitful synthesis in my teaching and in my primary areas of academic inquiry: popular culture, intertextuality, audience and reception studies, adaptation, visual culture, aesthetics, and queer theory / masculinities. My dissertation, “Crime for Art’s Sake: Crime Fiction and the Field of Cultural Production in the Fin de Siècle,” explores the relationship between late-Victorian detective and crime fiction and the Aesthetic and Decadent movements.

I have two essays featured in Sherlock Holmes for the 21st Century: Essays on New Adaptations (2012), edited by Lynnette Porter: “‘Bromance is so passé’: Robert Downey, Jr.’s Queer Paratexts” and, co-written with UF colleague Francesca M. Marinaro, “‘Don’t make people into heroes, John’: (Re/De)Constructing the Detective as Hero.” My article “Re-Visioning the Smiling Villain: Imagetexts and Intertextual Expression in Representations of the Filmic Loki on Tumblr” was published in the June 2013 special issue of Transformative Works & Cultures, “Appropriating, Interpreting, and Transforming Comics Books.”

In October 2014, I presented a paper at the Victorians Institute annual conference entitled “‘To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim’: John Keats and the Aesthetics of Negative Capability in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.” Other recent presentations include “Crime for Art’s Sake: Negotiating Economic, Social, and Aesthetic Value in E.W. Hornung’s Raffles: The Amateur Cracksman” and “Performing Sherlock Holmes: The Detective as Dramatist.”

As a member of UF’s Graduate Comics Organization and the staff of its affiliated interdisciplinary comics studies journal ImageTexT, I serve as a proofreader, copy editor, and publicity and social media coordinator. We host a yearly conference for comics scholars; the 2017 conference theme is on adaptations and comics.

For more information on my publications and conference presentations, classes I’ve designed and taught, and my other academic service, see my CV or email me at kjthomas@ufl.edu.


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