About Me

Rae X. Yan is an Assistant Professor of British Literature from 1830-1900 at the University of Florida. She pursued her PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also received a certificate in digital humanities. She completed her BA at Wellesley College where she majored in both English and Chinese Literature and Culture. Her larger interdisciplinary research lies at the intersections of the Victorian novel, literature and science studies, Sino-British relations, and digital humanities. She has given talks on subjects as wide-ranging as the study of human tissue in George Eliot’s Middlemarch to the artistic representation of pugs as symbol of empire during the eighteenth century. Her interest in digital humanities focuses on pedagogical questions of digital literacy and empathy in video game studies. She is currently at work on a project about anatomizing as a joint literary and scientific practice during the Victorian era, tentatively titled Correspondences of the Human Frame:  Anatomy, Literature, and Form in the Victorian Era.

Dr. Yan’s PhD work in the English Department of UNC was funded by the Royster Society of Fellows of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She  has received the Fred and Joan Thomson Award for Outstanding Dissertation Work from UNC for her work on “‘This Seemingly So Solid Body’: Philosophical Anatomy and Victorian Fiction.”