Linda K. Hughes - Texas Christian University. Keynote Speaker.
Linda Hughes graduated from Wichita State University in 1970. She received her BA degree summa cum laude, with a GPA above 3.9 . Her Master’s degree and Doctorate were both received from University of Missouri in Columbia, in 1971 and 1976 respectively.
Beyond the obvious 19th century British literature, her interests in research and teaching extend to studies in gender and sexuality, womens’ writing, and transatlantic literature.
Hughes has in fact edited several publications on these subjects – such as the fourth volume of A Feminist Reader: Feminist Thought from Sappho to Satrapi, and Teaching Transatlanticism: Resources for Teaching Nineteenth-Century Anglo-American Print Culture.
Her work is extensive and detailed in the study of the Victorian serial form of writing, and she has been said by multiple students to have taught them how to “read like a Victorian”.
She is presently working on an edition of The Cambridge Companion To Victorian Women’s Poetry, which will contain sixteen essays by scholars from the US, Canada, and the UK. The three parts of this work will focus on “form and the importance of the senses in women’s poetry”, “women’s poetry in relation to work, politics, religion and transnationalism”, and “middle class domestic roles embraced and resisted in women’s poetry.” She is also working on Becoming Intellectuals: Victorian Women Writers in Germany, which will explore how and why British Victorian women writers were drawn towards Germany, and the travelling to Britain of women and avant garde German writers, and the specificities of Anglo-German friendship set-ups.
Professor Hughes was awarded the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth Century British Women Writers Association Award in 2012 for her valuable scholarly work.