Ann Garascia

B.A. in English Literature, San Francisco State University
M.A. in English Literature, San Francisco State University

Committee:

Joseph Childers, Susan Zieger, Robb Hernandez

Research Areas:

Victorian Studies (Popular Entertainment and Exhibition Culture), Queer Theory, Archival Theory, Visual/Performance Studies

Research Interests:

The twin focuses of my dissertation are the bodies of the nineteenth-century freak show performer and the archive. Conducting extensive archival research with original source materials from the nineteenth-century freak show, and contemporary performance and visual arts, my dissertation explores how archives construct and transmit, but may often fail to account for, knowledge. To address this problem I offer a material practice of archival work I call “freaking” the archive. “Freaking” the archive pulls from literary, queer, disability, performance, and visual studies to construct innovative, unusual, and socially responsible archives that complicate how we conceptualize archives and archival work.

Recent Activity:

Conference Papers and Presentations –

“Wild Romances of Sluggish Pools: Central America, The Aztec Freak Show, and the Pleasures of Rewriting the Imperial Archive.” Victorians in the World. North American Victorian Studies Association. Hawaii, July 2015

Handcrafting Queer Archives through the Victorian “Hindoo” Freak Show. Victorian Classes and Classifications. North American Victorian Studies Association. London, Ontario, Canada. November 2014

“Incomprehensible Little Problematics”: Performing Afterlives of Cortez’s Conquest.
Nineteenth-Century Energies. Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies
Conference. Houston, Texas. March 2014

“What Is It?: The Wonder of Wonders:” The Prehistoric Freak’s Queering of Gendered
Histories.” Past Tense/Future Tensions. Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts. Greensboro, North Carolina. October 2013

“What Is It?: The Wonder of Wonders:” The Prehistoric Freak’s Queering of Genderered Histories. Seminar Participant: Uncovering Victorian Bodies. Evidence. North American Victorian Studies Association. Pasadena 2013

“The Art of Manliness: The Strongman’s Performance of Queer Disability in the Freak Archive.” Designated Emphasis: Books, Archives, and Manuscripts Breakout Session. Encounters with(in) Texts. Riverside CA. (Dis)junctions April 2013.

“There’s a Freak in Every Family: The Freak’s Queering of Middle-Class Domesticity in Charles Eisenmann’s Cabinet Cards,” Leisure, Enjoyment, and Fun! Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference. 2013

“’Leave Your Face at the Door: The Construction of Queer Afrofuturist Temporalities and Abstracted Embodiment in TheeSatisfaction’s awE naturalE” Eaton Science Fiction Conference co-sponsered by Science Fiction Research Association. Riverside CA. 2013

“Consuming and Producing the City: Romantic Revenants in the Ninceteenth-Century City Mysteries Novel.” Pacific, Ancient, and Modern Language Association. 2012

“What Is It?: The Wonder of Wonders:” The Prehistoric Freak’s Queering of Genderered Histories. Guest Lecture. ENG 125B, University of California, Riverside. March 2013

Conference Panel Moderation –

Animal Studies Panel. Encounters with(in) Texts. Riverside CA. (Dis)junctions April 2013.

Awards and Honors –

“What Is It?: The Wonder of Wonders:” The Prehistoric Freak’s Queering of Genderered Histories. Graduate Student Essay Contest—First Place. University of California, Riverside Department of English. 2012-13.

Service –

Assistant Director, University Writing Program, 2014-15

Peer Mentor, Graduate Student Mentoring Program 2013-14

GSEA Vice President, 2012-2013

GSA Representative, 2012-2013

Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Chapter, San Francisco State University, 2005

Professional Affiliations: North American Victorian Studies Association; Pacific, Ancient, and Modern Language Association; Science Fiction Research Association; Interdisciplinary Nineteeth-Century Studies; Material Cultures of the Book Reading Group