Laura Kremmel

Visiting Assistant Professor
lrk207@lehigh.edu
Ph.D. Lehigh University, 2016
313 Drown Hall
610-758-5934

I received my PhD in English from Lehigh in May 2016 and teach in the first-year writing program.  My research embraces a love of Gothic and Romantic literature and the recent popularity of the medical humanities, particularly the history of medicine.  My current work focuses on the intersection of medicine and Gothic literature in the Romantic period at moments when medical experimentation with unproven theories reaches a limit and literature picks up the scalpel to continue that experimentation in the space of the imagination.  The persistent presence of medical theory in Gothic texts highlights the power of terror, horror, and fear to investigate the limits of the human body as well as the human mind.  This includes creative notions of mortality, the potential of the material human anatomy, and cultural constructions of mental illness and self-awareness.My teaching interests include Gothic Literature (Romantic to Contemporary), Romantic Literature, Victorian Literature, Medical Humanities, History of Medicine, Disability Studies, Mental Health in literature, Composition/First-Year Writing, Visual Culture, Horror Film/TV, and Editing Practices.Publications include "Suddenly Monstrous: Configurations of Disability and Justice in Joshua Pickersgill Jr.'s The Three Brothers," In European Romantic Review (2016); and "Rest in Pieces: Violence in Morning when the Dead Turn Violent" in We're All Infected: Essays on AMC's The Walking Dead and the Fate of the Human (2014). I am also a co-editor for The Handbook to Horror Literature and the proofreader for Studies in Gothic Fiction.  I am occasionally a ghost guide for the Historic Haunts of Bethlehem Ghost Tours.Professional Website: https://laurakremmel.wordpress.com/

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