Presentations

  • “The Fly,” Environmental Humanities Film Series Post-Screening Panel. , Presented, 2019.
  • “Captive Fame: Animality, Celebrity, and the Victorian Zoo,” Tanner Humanities Center, University of Utah, Feb 2018. , Presented, 2018.
  • “Savvy Birds, Spoiled Fruits: Oscar Wilde’s Fairy Tales and the Decay of Nature,” Symposium: Oscar Wilde and the Culture of Childhood, UCLA, May 2015. , Presented, 2015.
  • “Wilderness Pending: John Muir’s ‘Adventure with a a Dog and a Glacier,’” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS), Los Angeles CA, Mar 2020. , Presented, 2020.
  • “Prisoners Together: Disability and Captivity at the London Zoo,” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS). , Presented, 2019.
  • “Singing for their Suppers: Arthur Morrison and the Animal Economics at the Zoo,” Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States (VISAWUS), Palm Spring CA, Nov 2018. , Presented, 2018.
  • “Prying Through the Bars: Children and Animals at the London Zoo,” North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA), St. Petersburg FL, Oct 2018. , Presented, 2018.
  • “Multi-Plot Menagerie: the Periodical Press and the London Zoo,” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS), San Francisco CA, Mar 2018. , Presented, 2018.
  • “If Trees Had Tongues: From Muir’s Haven to Blackwood’s Horror,” North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA), Banff, AB, Nov 2017. , Presented, 2017.
  • “Objects in Mirror are Closer than They Appear: Animal Ethics and the Object Lesson,” Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States (VISAWUS) and Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada (VSAWC), Vancouver BC, May 2017. , Presented, 2017.
  • "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Irregular Boys," North American Victorian Studies Association, Arizona State University. , Presented, 2016.
  • "The Iguanodon and the Aztec." Victorian Institutes, North Carolina State University. , Presented, 2016.
  • “Alien Abduction: The War of the Worlds’ Emigration to America,” North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA), University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, Jul 2015. , Presented, 2015.
  • “And Dinosaurs Roamed the Earth Once More: James De Mille’s A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder and Frank Savile’s Beyond the Great South Wall,” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS), Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta GA, Apr 2015. , Presented, 2015.
  • “The Cultivation of the Caveman and the Evolving Story of Human Evolution," Children's Literature Association Conference 6/14. , Submitted, 2014.
  • "The Invisible Eye of the Lady Detective," North American Victorian Studies Association, Pasadena CA. , Presented, 2013.
  • “Foreign Air: Human and Inhuman Networks in M. P. Shiel’s The Purple Cloud,” North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA), University of Wisconsin, Madison, Sep. 2012. , Presented, 2012.
  • “The Playtime Naturalists: Animals, Children, and Ludic Evolution,” North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA), Vanderbilt University. , Presented, 2011.
  • “How Big is a Dinosaur?”, NAVSA, McGill University, Montreal. , Presented, 2010.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • United Kingdom
    Archival Research at the London Zoo, British Library, Museum of Childhood and Natural History Museum, London UK - October 2017.
  • Spain
    I am on the Advisory Board of a literary journal, Amaltea, based in Madrid.

Publications

  • Jessica Straley (date unknown). Evolution and Imagination in Victorian Children's Literature.. Cambridge University Press. Accepted, .
  • Jessica Straley (date unknown). Oscar Wilde's Fairy Tales and the Evolution of Lying. Palgrave/Macmillan. Accepted, .
  • Jessica Straley (date unknown). “Children’s Literature” in The Routledge Handbook to Victorian Literature and Culture, ed. Talia Schaffer and Dennis Denisoff. Routledge. Accepted, .
  • Jessica Straley (date unknown). “Young Frankensteins: Graphic Children’s Texts and the 21st-Century Monster”. Manchester University Press. Accepted, .
  • Jessica Straley (date unknown). The Undying Joke about the Dying Girl. Ohio University Press. Accepted, .
  • Straley, Jessica (date unknown). “Love and Vivisection: Wilkie Collins’ Experiment in Heart and Science”. Nineteenth-Century Literature. Vol. 65. Accepted, .
  • Jessica Straley (date unknown). “For the Trees Have no Tongues: Algernon Blackwood and the Weirdness of Plant Communication”. Studies in Walter Pater and Aestheticism. Vol. 4. Accepted, .
  • Jessica Straley (date unknown). “Of Beasts and Boys: Kingsley, Spencer and the Theory of Recapitulation”. Victorian Studies. Vol. 49. Accepted, .
  • Jessica Straley (date unknown). "The Queen's Croquet-Ground," Collaborative Online Annotations for Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Published by Public Domain Review, 20 Aug. 2015. Accepted, .
  • Jessica Straley (date unknown). Between Generations: Collaborative Authorship in the Golden Age of Children’s Literature by Victoria Ford Smith, and The Aesthetics of Children’s Poetry: A Study of Children’s Verse in English, ed. by Louise Wakely-Mulroney and Louise Joy,. Vol. 61:2. Victorian Studies. Accepted, .