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Erica Foss

ph.d. candidate

Erica Foss

Email: fosser@bc.edu

Office: Stokes Hall, Office 366

Advisors: James Cronin and Julian Bourg

Dissertation Title: "Displacing Criminality: The Social Role of Penal Transportation in Britain and France"

Education:

BA, History, University of Denver, 2007

  • Thesis: “Losing Picture Perfect: Physiognomy and the Threat of the Foreign Other in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes”

Comparative Politics and Human Rights, Joseph Korbel Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver, 2009

M.A, History, Boston College, 2011


Research Interests:

I am interested the various conceptions of British and French identity among the lower, working, and middle classes at the apex of Imperial power in the Fin de Siecle. I primarily study cultural and literary history to examine the creation of national identity through narrative, and the ways in which the representation and perception of that identity changed in relation to threats felt from outside during the course of the 19th century. My dissertation is entitled: Displacing Criminality: The Social Role of Penal Transportation in Britain and France.  


Awards and Fellowships:

Irish Studies Fellowship, Boston College
Summer Research Grant, Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy
Summer Fellowship, Boston College History Department


Publications:

“Creating Villains: Physiognomy and the Threat of the Foreign in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes,” Heroes and Villains, (Oxford: Interdisiplinary Press), Forthcoming 2012

“The Ood as a Slave Race: Colonial Continuity in the Second Great and Bountiful Human Empire,” Doctor Who and Race, (Toronto: Intellect), Forthcoming 2013
 

Conference Presentations:

"The Villain as Other: Foreign Criminals in Victorian Literature," Heroes and Villains Conference, Oxford, September 2011.

"Pseudoscience and the Danger of the Foreign Other in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes" University of Colorado-Boulder, September 2010.

"Dickens and the City: The personification and vibrancy of 19th Century London" Poster Presentation, Portrait of the City Conference, Dublin, December 2010.