BA, University of California--Los Angeles, 2002
MA, PhD, University of California--Davis, 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. After spending five months at Cambridge conducting archival research, she has begun work on a new project examining late nineteenth century censored materials and moral purity campaigns. She has an article forthcoming in the MLA's Teaching Approaches to Orhan Pamuk on ekphrasis and the reading process in Pamuk's detective novel My Name is Red.
At the University of Puget Sound, Darcy currently teaches a variety of courses, including classes on literature and crime, the environment, medicine, and the visual arts. She has previously taught literature, composition, and cultural studies courses at UC Davis and the Johannes Gutenberg Universität in Mainz, Germany. Along with several of her colleagues, Darcy helps organize the English Department Coffeehouse Series, and also runs the English Department's Twitter account--got an idea for the series, a fun literary link, or just want to chat? Tweet her @PugetEnglish.
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 small beagle in tow.