BA, MA, PhD, University of California-Davis, 2002, 2004, 2011
Darcy Irvin specializes in nineteenth century British literature, concentrating particularly on visual and print culture, narrative theory, and reading practices. Her research explores how British authors and readers adapted to nineteenth century developments in visual print culture, focusing especially on the works of Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Charlotte Brontë, Sir H. Rider Haggard, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In fall 2010 she began work on a new project, spending five months at the University of Cambridge conducting archival research on late nineteenth century censored materials and moral purity campaigns.
At Puget Sound, Darcy currently teaches a Literature as Art course that examines ekphrastic tension in texts such as Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and Orhan Pamuk’s art/murder mystery My Name is Red. In her two freshman seminars, students are writing and thinking about American mythologies of freedom and the environment through close examination of works as varied as Thoreau’s Walden, Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, and the reality TV show Sarah Palin’s Alaska. Darcy has previously taught literature, composition, and cultural studies courses at UC Davis and the Johannes Gutenberg Universität in Mainz, Germany.
When not busy prepping for class or curling up with a long Victorian novel, Darcy enjoys practicing the accordion, playing nerdy board games, and wandering around town with her beagle in tow.