Brittany Carlson

B.S., Mathematics (with a secondary major in English), Westminster College, SLC, 2015

M.A., English, University of California, Riverside, 2018

Research Areas:

Victorian literature, British modernism, History and Cultures of Mathematics and Science, Science Studies

Research Interests:

Currently, I am studying ephemera, literacy, and numeracy in the Victorian period and British modernism. I contend that numeracy is a form of literacy that has been vastly overlooked by media scholars, so I am working to bridge that gap by researching how literature, artwork, and other ephemera helped (re)mediate many of the prevalent math anxieties of those periods. I argue that by packaging the anxiety producing materials in more aesthetically pleasing forms, these seemingly non-mathematical materials often served a mathematical pedagogical purpose and built a larger mathematical reading community.

Recent Activity:

International Research

“Periodical Readers as the Puzzlist Reader.” The International Summer School “Coherence & Interruption: Seriality in Periodicals.” Ruhr-Univesität. Bochum, Germany. September 13-15, 2018.


“Charles Dickens’ Critique of Statistical Thinking and Notched-Stick Bookkeeping.” Dickens Society Symposium. Salt Lake City, UT. July 26-28, 2019. (Forthcoming)

“Mathematical Contamination in the Alice Books and in the Life of their Creator.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies (INCS). Dallas, TX. March 21-24, 2019.

“Risk Management and Vampire Capitalism in Christina Rossetti’s ‘Goblin Market’.” Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA). Kansas City, MO. March 7-9, 2018. (Forthcoming)

“A Carlylean and Dickensian Lampooning of the Victorian Statistical, Speculative Finance, and Gambling Continuum in Chartism and Bleak House.” Seminar Presentation. North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA). The University of Florida. St. Petersburg, FL. October 11-14, 2018.

“Victorian Puzzle Addiction: ‘The Final Problem’ as a Mathematical Puzzle.” British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS). Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, UK. August 22-24, 2017.

“Behind the Chaotic Narrative: Mrs. Dalloway as a Chaotic Dynamical System.” British Women Writers Conference. The University of Texas, Austin. Austin. TX. April 11-15, 2018.

“Victorian Puzzle Addiction: ‘The Final Problem as a Mathematical Puzzle.” Joint Mathematical Meetings (JMM) of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and AMS (American Mathematical Society). San Diego Convention Center. San Diego. CA. January 10-13, 2018.

“The Evolution of the Form of Mass Printed Puzzles in Victorian Print Culture.” Midwest Modern Language Association. Hilton Hotel. Cincinnati. OH. November 9-12, 2017.

Invited Lectures:

“Dickens 101.” Invited Talk at the Riverside Dickens Festival. Riverside, CA. February 23-24, 2019

“Victorian Puzzle Addiction: ‘The Final Problem’ as a Mathematical Puzzle.” Guest Lecture. Pitzer College. Claremont. March 20, 2017.