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 taught courses in literature, media studies, technical writing, and composition and rhetoric. I am also an adjunct faculty member of the English Department at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL.

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: 19th-century British literature, 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 March 2018, I will be presenting at the 39th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, which will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; the paper is titled “Strangely are our souls constructed”: Frankenstein, Intertextual Identity, and Michael Fassbender’s David and Magneto.” Other recent presentations include “‘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” and  “Crime for Art’s Sake: Negotiating Economic, Social, and Aesthetic Value in E.W. Hornung’s Raffles: The Amateur Cracksman.

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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