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Jolene Zigarovich

Associate Professor of English, University of Northern Iowa

Jolene Zigarovich teaches and researches at the crossroads of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century body politics, death studies, and queer and trans studies, with particular emphasis on the history of the novel. She regularly teaches courses on the long eighteenth century, women writers, Romanticism, and Gothic literature. In Spring 2021 she was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh and in 2021-22 was a fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam. She is author of Writing Death and Absence in the Victorian Novel: Engraved Narratives, and editor of Sex and Death in Eighteenth-Century Literature as well as TransGothic in Literature and Culture. Her monograph Death and the Body in the Eighteenth-Century Novel (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2023) had the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Currently, she is working on two new book projects that engage law and literature, Victorian Necropolitics: Legislating the Dead Body and the Novel, 1847-1874 and Legal Bodies: Women, Economies, and the Law in the Eighteenth-Century Novel.