Mackenzie Gregg

A.A., Skagit Valley Community College (2009)
B.A. in the Humanities, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies (2012)
M.A. with Distinction in English, University of California, Riverside (2014)


Susan Zieger (Chair), Joseph Bristow (UCLA), Jennifer Doyle

Research Areas:

Victorian Literature and Culture, Decadence and Aestheticism, Poetry and Poetics, Queer Historiography, Theatre and Performance, Visual Studies, Medicine and Empire, Carceral Studies, Disability Studies.

My dissertation, “Plagues that Fascinate: Leprosy, Sexuality, and Victorian Decadence” traces the process by which colonial leprosy became a metaphor for queer embodiment and modernist literary form within late-Victorian society.  I examine a divergent range of literary and archival sources, including poetry, memoir, sermons, and periodical reviews, engaging in a critical dialogue between the histories of late-Victorian avant-garde aesthetics and the growth of epidemiology, bacteriology, and carceral colonialism during the fin de siècle.

Recent Activity:

Publications –

“Vernon Lee’s Occult Beauty.” Volupté: Interdisciplinary Journal of Decadence Studies (December 2018)

“Textures of Silence: Teaching Composition in a Year of ‘Free Speech.’” The Charlottesville Syllabus: Teaching Race in Victorian Literature. V21: Victorian Studies for the 21st Century (February 2018)

Fellowships and Grants –

Kanner Fellowship in British Studies, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA (2019-20)

UC Riverside Dissertation Year Fellowship (2019-20)

UC Humanities Research Institute Graduate Student Dissertation Support Grant (2018-19)

Global 19th Century Graduate Student Fellowship (2017-18)

English Department Outstanding TA Award (2016-17)

Selected Presentations –

“This Disease Does Not Outlaw the Right to Live:” Song, Sentimentality, and Struggle in Kalaupapa.” American Studies Association, Honolulu, November 2019.

“Ecological Excess in Michael Field’s Deirdre.” NAVSA, Columbus, Ohio, October 2019.   

“Edward Carpenter’s Queer Commons.” VISAWUS, November 2018, Palm Springs, CA.

“Otherworldly Beauty: Vernon Lee’s Occult Aestheticism.” Decadence, Magick, and the Occult. Decadence Research Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London, July 19-20 2018.

“Hands that Refrain: The Middle Ranges of Agency in Michael Field and Edward Burne-Jones.” INCS, Rome, June 2018.

“Kissing by the Book: John Gray’s Manual Poetics.” International Walter Pater Society, Curiosity and Desire in Fin de Siècle Art and Literature. Clark Library, May 13-14 2018.

“Decadence and the Aesthetics of Disease: The Leprous Body in Swinburne, Pater, and Wilde.” INCS, Philadelphia, PA. March 2017.