Associate Professor, English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Gretchen Braun came to Furman University in 2010, after receiving her M.A. in English from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in English from the University of California at Davis, where she also briefly taught as a lecturer. Her research focuses on dialogues between fiction and scientific culture in the Victorian era. She serves as Co-Chair of Furman’s Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, which began offering a major in 2019.
Dr. Braun’s scholarly interests include the interdisciplinary field of trauma studies, nineteenth-century mental science, and most recently, Victorian responses to evolutionary theory. Her publications have appeared in journals including ELH, Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture, and Studies in the Novel. She is passionate about serving as an undergraduate research mentor and bringing archival research into the classroom. Dr. Braun edits Furman Humanities Review, the university’s humanities undergraduate research journal. In 2018 she was elected as a Council on Undergraduate Research Councilor in the Humanities Division. She has also served in various leadership roles in the Victorians Institute, a professional organization for Victorian Studies scholars in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.
Capitalizing on her interest in intersections between science and humanities, Dr. Braun serves as program faculty for Engaged Living Healthcare Today, a learning community for first-year students interested in health professions. She also teaches in the Medicine, Health, and Culture interdisciplinary minor.
- Ph.D., University of California - Davis
- M.A., Stanford University
- B.A., Boston University
Dr. Braun’s research interests include Victorian literature, the development of the novel, nineteenth-century scientific cultures, trauma studies, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studie
JOURNAL AND BOOK ARTICLES
- “Empathy, Anxiety, and the Boundaries of Humanity: Vivisection Discourse and The Island of Doctor Moreau.” Studies in the Novel. vol. 51 no.4 (Winter 2019): 499-522.
- ‘The Natural Company of Such As I Am’: Corruption, Purification, and Dickens’s Feminine Thames.” Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature. 129 (Spring 2016): 6-29.
- “Narrating the Job Crisis: Self-Development or Collective Action?” Working in Class: Recognizing How Social Class Shapes Our Academic Work. Edited Allison Hurst and Sandi Nenga. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, January 2016: 157-172.
- “Horrors at Home: From Sensation Scandal to Gothic Melodrama.” Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture 48.1 (April 2015): 73-98.
- “‘Untarnished Purity’: Ethics, Agency, and the Victorian Fallen Woman.” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 44.3 (April 2015): 342-367.
- “‘A Great Break in the Common Course of Confession’: Narrating Loss in Charlotte Brontë’s Villette.” ELH 78.1 (Spring 2011): 189-212.
- “Feminine Duty and Desire: Revising the Cultural Narrative in Gissing’s The Odd Women.” Women and Work: The Labors of Self-Fashioning. Edited by Christine Mower and Susanne Weil. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Spring 2011: 50-73.
- “‘Paragon’ and ‘Mad Wife’: Emily Jolly’s Fiction of Agency.” Pacific Coast Philology 43 (Fall 2008): 36-54.
- Review of Traumatic Tales: British Nationhood and National Trauma in Nineteenth-Century Literature edited by Lisa Kasmer and Postcolonial George Eliot by Oliver Lovesey. Victorian Studies 61.3 (Spring
- “Fitly Disordered.” Review of Shock, Memory, and the Unconscious in Victorian Fiction by Jill Matus and War Trauma and English Modernism: T.S. Eliot and D. H. Lawrence by Carl Krockel. Essays in Criticism 62.2 (Spring 2012): 205-214.
Honors & Awards
Furman University Engaged Living Service Award, 2015
Furman University Sigma Tau Delta Teacher of the Year, 2013
Additional Professional Activity
Dr. Braun is active in the Victorians Institute and the Council on Undergraduate Research.