Assistant Professor of English
Joined Connecticut College: 2017
B.A., Columbia University
Gender and women's studies
Rachel Gaubinger (pronounced Gow-bin-jer) specializes in British literature of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her broad interests include Victorian literature and culture, transatlantic and Anglophone modernisms, the history and theory of the novel, affect studies, queer theory, psychoanalysis, and gender and women's studies.
In both her teaching and her research, Gaubinger explores the connections between literary form and social life. For example, her current book project, "Between Siblings: Form and Family in the Modern Novel," shows how British writers across the turn of the twentieth century used narratives about siblings as a means to address and rework the legacy of Victorian realism, which often tied narrative structure to the reproduction of the patriarchal family. Drawing insight from feminist and queer theory, her project recovers the importance of siblings for writers seeking new ways to tell family stories.
In the fall of 2017, she’ll be teaching a seminar, “Form and Family in the Modernist Novel,” that builds upon this research, while expanding its scope to consider a broader range of relationships and texts. She's also teaching Eng 150: Essentials of Literary Studies in the fall, and is planning future courses on the invention of adolescence and on disappointment in Victorian fiction.
Before coming to Connecticut College in 2017, Gaubinger was a lecturer in the writing program at Princeton University, where she also completed her doctorate. She has presented her research at recent conferences of the Modernist Studies Association, the American Comparative Literature Association, the International Virginia Woolf Society, and the British Women Writers Association.
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