Alyssa Straight

Dr. Alyssa Straight

Visiting Assistant Professor

112 Johnston Hall, Middletown

Dr. Straight joined the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Writing in August 2016. Prior to that, she taught Literature, Composition, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality classes at Miami’s Oxford campus while completing her PhD in English Literature in Miami’s English Department.

Her specialization is in nineteenth and early-twentieth century British and Irish Literature, and her research interests include women’s writing, feminism/feminist theories, theories of the body/bodies, technologies, nineteenth-century spiritualism, and detective fiction. As such, Dr. Straight has written on nineteenth-century technologies like the typewriter and bicycle, as well the dynamic and shifting connections between the body, turn-of-the-century feminism, and spiritual/technological mediation.


Ph.D., English, Miami University
MA, English, Miami University
BA, English, The Ohio State University


  • British Women Writers
  • Victorian Literature
  • 19th Century British Literature
  • British and Irish Modernism
  • Literary and Cultural Theory
  • Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Composition and Rhetoric
  • Advanced Composition

Professional Affiliations

  • Modern Language Association
  • North American Victorian Studies Association
  • Midwestern Victorian Studies Association
  • North American Society for the Study of Romanticism


“Giving Birth to a New Nation: Female Mediation and the Spread of Textual Knowledge in Dracula.” Forthcoming in Victorian Literature and Culture.

 “‘The Face of the Bicyclist’: Women’s Bicycling and The Altered Body in The Type-Writer Girl.” Culture on Two Wheels: Bicycling in Literature and Film. Ed. Daniel Shea and Jeremy Withers. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2016. 57-77. Print.

“The Victorian Social Network: Women Media in Technology and Occult Communications.” Review of Jill Galvan’s The Sympathetic Medium. Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies 6.2 (Winter 2010). Web.