Ph.D., University of Wisconsin; B.A. and M.A., University College Galway/National University of Ireland
Office: University Hall 3945
on leave 2014-2015
Italian Cinema, Contemporary Italian Literature, Age of the Baroque, Transnational Film Studies, Feminist Theory
Ph.D., M.A., Princeton University; B.A., Cambridge University; B.A., Smith College
Office: UHall 3409
Nineteenth-century British Literature, Visual Cultures, Theories and Histories of Photography, Travel Literature, Polar Studies, Gender Studies
A specialist in nineteenth-century British literature and visual culture, Alexandra Neel joined the Humanities Program at Loyola Marymount University as an Assistant Professor in fall 2009 after serving two years as an Assistant Professor of English Literature at the University of Oregon. She earned her PhD in English Literature from Princeton University in 2007. Her work focuses on the exchanges between illustrated travelogues of polar exploration and literary works, which range from Captain Cook's Second Voyage and Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner to Scott's Last Expedition and Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse. She has published articles on proto-photography in the Romantic period in Victorian Studies; the haunting of slavery in the Victorian novel in Victorian Literature and Culture; and her most recent article, "Still Life in Frankenstein," is forthcoming in NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction. Currently, Neel is working on a book-length project, "Winter’s Tales: The Literary and Photographic Exploration of Polar Regions from Coleridge to Woolf.” Neel teaches upper-division interdisciplinary seminars for the Humanities and Honors Programs and English Department, as well as courses on fiction, the graphic novel, and world literature.
“Still life in Frankenstein,” forthcomingin NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 48.3 (November 2015).
“The Ghost Slavery in Our Mutual Friend.” Victorian Literature and Culture 43.3 (2015): 511-32.
“‘A Something-Nothing out of its Very Contrary’: The Photography of Coleridge.” Victorian
Studies 49.2 (2007): 208-217.
“‘Qui est là?’: Negative Personhood in Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea” (under review).
Winter’s Tales: The Literary and Photographic Exploration of Antarctica and the Arctic from
Coleridge to Woolf. (book manuscript in preparation)
“Virginia Woolf and Alfredo Jaar on Writing Atrocity Photographs.” (article in
Jen Hill. White Horizon: The Arctic in the Nineteenth-Century British Imagination. Review.
Studies in the Novel 41.4 (Winter 2009): 497-499.
“Orientalism in Joyce’s Ulysses,” fragment in “Implicasphere: The Onion.” Cabinet 28 (Winter
“Atrocious Images.” Conference review. Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural
Criticism. 33.5 (March/April2006): 38-39.
“Next Stop Wonderland.” Rev. of “Reflections in a Looking Glass: A Lewis Carroll Centenary
Exhibition.” The Equitable Gallery. Time Out New York, April 1, 1999.
Rev. of “Shirin Neshat, Turbulent.” Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, New
York. Time Out New York, January 7, 1999.
Rev. of “Roni Horn, Pi.” Matthew Marks Gallery. Time Out New York, May 6, 1999.
Rev. of “Tracey Moffatt, Laudanum.” Paul Morris Gallery. Time Out New York, June 10, 1999.
Rev. of “Lynne Yamamoto, The Long Twilight.” Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip
Morris, New York. Time Out New York, March 18, 1999.