Dr. Samantha MacFarlane

Dr. Samantha MacFarlane

BA, MA (Queens), PhD (UVic)



Dissertation title: “Poem[s] of a New Class”: Women Poets and the Late Victorian Verse Novel​

Co-supervisors: Dr. Alison Chapman, Dr. Lisa Surridge

I received my BA (Honours) and MA from Queen's University before joining the Department of English at the University of Victoria, where my research focused on the intersection between genre and politics in the Victorian verse novel​, particularly in the works of non-canonical women writers. I recently defended my SSHRC-funded dissertation, “'Poem[s] of a New Class': Women Poets and the Late Victorian Verse Novel​," which argued that the works of Augusta Webster, Violet Fane, Emily Pfeiffer, and Emily Hickey addressed issues such as parliamentary enfranchisement, adultery, marital rape, socialism, and political sovereignty in Scotland and Ireland by combining conventions of poetry and the novel in different ways. During my time in the Department of English, I was also a teaching assistant for ENGL 147 (Great Moments in English Literature) and ENGL 200C (English Literature, 1800-1914) and an instructor for ENGL 135 (Academic Reading and Writing).  

Since 2017, I have had the privilege of working at the University of Victoria Libraries, first as an editorial assistant for the Libraries' peer-reviewed, open-access academic journal, KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies​, then as the publications assistant for the Libraries' publication series devoted to its special collections and archives (https://www.uvic.ca/library/about/ul/publications/index.php). In 2018, I was hired to design a digital exhibit about the archives of Saul Holiff, who worked as Johnny Cash's manager in the 1960s and early 1970s and whose archives were acquired by the Libraries in 2016. The exhibit, Volatile Attractions: Saul Holiff, Johnny Cash, and Managing a Music Legend​, was recently awarded the Leab Award for Best Digital Exhibit from the Association of College and Research Libraries. I also recently co-edited a special issue of KULA on "Endangered Knowledge" with Bethany Nowviskie and Rachel Mattson, published in November 2018. I currently work as the publications assistant for the Libraries. 

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