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. Currently, Neel is working on a book-length project, "Winters Tales: Literary and Photographic Explorations of Antarctica and the Arctic." Her most recent articles focus on Charles Dickens' engagement with slavery in Our Mutual Friend and Mary Shelley's use of the still-life genre in Frankenstein. She 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.
Princeton University: Ph.D., English Literature 2007
Princeton University: M.A., English Literature 2005
Clare College, Cambridge University: B.A., English Literature 1995
Smith College at Northampton: B.A., magna cum laude, English and French Literature 1993
Areas of Expertise (7)
Nineteenth-Century British Literature
Theories and Histories of Photography
Industry Expertise (3)
Nineteenth-Century Global Travelers
HMNT 493/ENGL 389
HMNT 498/ENGL 389
"Photography, Literature, and the Uncanny"
HMNT 498/HNRS/ENGL 389
Intro to Fiction
On the Sublime
First-Year Seminar: Graphic Stories
HNRS 100, fall 2011, 2012
“‘Qui est là?’: Negative Personhood in Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea.” Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature. (2017).
“Still life in Frankenstein.” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 48.3 (2015): 421-445
“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.
“The Photography of Antarctica: Virginia Woolf’s Letters of Discovery.” Woolf and the Art of Exploration. Clemson, SC: Clemson Digital Press, 2006. 203-211.