Beth Tressler PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor of English
- 1800 College Ave.
Francis Hall 427
- 217-228-5432 x3191
Beth Tressler is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of English. She received her PhD in English at Boston College in 2013. Her main interests in Victorian and Edwardian Literature concern the intersections amid 19th century psychology, theories of reading, ethics, and aesthetics. Her dissertation, “Ecstasy and Solitude,” examined the troubled relationship between nineteenth-century British literature and psychology, examining the occurrences of ecstatic mental states in the novels of Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, and George Eliot. These unruly states are often representative of fiction reading, and her work pays particular attention to the varying ethical and aesthetic implications of these states for novelists and psychologists. Her article, “Waking Dreams: George Eliot and the Poetics of Double Consciousness,” has appeared in Victorian Literature and Culture. In 2013 she gave a talk at the Northeastern Modern Language Association entitled “The Creature and the Pudding Eater: The Association of Ideas and the Productive Imagination in Charles Dickens.”
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