Christie Leigh Harner

Academic Appointments

Lecturer of English

I teach and write about the intersection of narrative structure and Victorian scientific culture, including work in ecocriticism, animal studies, physics, and photographic technology. Recent and forthcoming publications include essays on eco-temporalities and animal speech in The Jungle Books and on ecologies in Anne Bronte's Agnes Grey. My book manuscript studies nineteeenth-century visual and narrative forms that work within and against emergent scientific theories (e.g. light science, photographic development, anthropology, physiognomy and phrenology) to reconceptualize the body and its character as immaterial or imperceptible. Other teaching and research interests include global Victorian fiction, children's literature, evolutionary thought, and nineteenth-century visual culture. 

106 Sanborn
HB 6032
B.A. University of Virginia
M.A. Northwestern University
PhD Northwestern University

Selected Publications

“Animal and Social Ecologies in Anne Brontë’s Agnes Grey,” Forthcoming in Victorian Literature and Culture

“Geopolitical Temporalities and Animal Ecologies in The Jungle Books,” Forthcoming in Victorian Review (Special Issue on Victorian Animals), Spring 2019

"The 'Animality' of Speech and Translation in The Jungle Books," in Victorians and Their Animals: Beast on a Leash, ed. Brenda Ayres. New York: Routledge, 2019.

"Professional Victorianisms: Immediacy, Urgency, and Interdisciplinarity in/at Work," Nineteenth-Century Contexts 39.4 (September 2017): 249-67. With Winter Werner, Paula Krebs, and Liz McCabe. 

“Physiognomic Discourse and the Trials and Cross-Class Sympathy in Mary Barton,” Victorian Literature and Culture 43.4 (2015): 705-724.

“Reading the ‘Postal Effect’ of John Caldigate as a Challenge to Victorian Post-Colonialism,” Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature (March 2015).

“‘Loose from Wholesome Guidance:’ Phrenology’s and Physiognomy’s Narrative of Anxiety,” ELN 47.2 (Fall/Winter 2009): 61-73.