Courtney Floyd is a Ph.D. Candidate in the department of English at the University of Oregon where she studies the mutual construction of body and page in late-Victorian fiction, media, and information management systems. After four years as a Graduate Teaching Fellow with the English department, Courtney recently accepted a position with UO Libraries as the Price Science Commons Visualization Lab Specialist.
Her dissertation, “Printing the Other Victorians: Nineteenth-Century Fictions of Embodiment and Identity,” works within an interdisciplinary framework to demonstrate that Victorian print and media objects were seen and used as tools for corporeal self-fashioning, particularly by those whose embodiments and identities were considered non-normative. She shows that print and media offered both a forum and a physical resource in and with which the disabled, the sexually “transgressive,” the gender nonbinary and gender nonconforming, and the racially Othered could mediate their own embodiments, identities, and reputations.
From January 2017 to January 2018, Courtney organized and led the inaugural Mary Elizabeth Braddon Association digital read-along on Twitter and at the association’s blog. Also in 2017, Courtney launched Victorian Scribblers, a general audiences podcast about the lives and work of lesser-known Victorian writers (now in its second season), which she writes, produces, and co-hosts with Eleanor Dumbill of Loughborough University in the UK.
In addition to her academic, digital humanities, and public humanities work, Courtney is a published fiction writer. Her work has appeared in Fireside Fiction Magazine and Tales of the Talisman. Her author website can be found here.