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First Name
Miranda
Last Name
Butler
Affiliation
University of California, Riverside
Website URL
mirandabutler.com
Keywords
Victorian, Victorian Literature, Victorian Women, Neo-Victorian, Victorian Crossover, Victorian Adaptation, Nineteenth Century, British, 19th Century, Science Fiction, Syfy, Sci Fi, Charles Darwin, Oscar Wilde, Mary Shelley, H.G. Wells, Victorian monsters, Vampires, Bram Stoker, Victorian vampire, Queer Vampire, LGBT Vampire, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle
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About Me

I am currently filing my dissertation in English at the University of California, Riverside, where I work on Victorian literature in relation to the history of science. I have a particular expertise in the way that Victorian Science and science fiction has been re-worked into film and television from the 1990s to present.

I wrote my first thesis about Victorian monsters, with a specific emphasis on H.G. Wells’s The Island of Doctor Moreau, Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s The Coming Race, and others. I spent over a year working intimately with the diaries, letters, and first editions of work by Mary Shelley, so I have often been consulted about Frankenstein.

I have taught film and television classes at California State University Los Angeles, as well as Moreno Valley College and the University of California, Riverside. My course topics include “Sherlock Holmes in Popular Media” (which pairs The Hound of the Baskervilles with numerous Holmes films), “Buffy Versus Dracula” (which pairs Buffy the Vampire Slayer with Stoker’s Dracula and Le Fanu’s Carmilla). I am currently the host of the academic radio show Podcast 13.

My dissertation, Scientifically Sound: Auditory Observation in Nineteenth Century Literature and Evolutionary Biology, traces Phonetic Shorthand, Morse code, and Braille—all of which are dot-and-dash writing systems—as they emerged simultaneously in the 1830s and grew in popularity through the latter half of the nineteenth century. This timeline corresponds to the period that Charles Darwin, who embarked on his voyage of the Beagle in 1831, and published the Origin of Species in 1859, was conducting some of his most influential research. I have spent time studying the journals and notebooks of Charles Darwin at Cambridge University, and as an academic scholar, most of my publications are about Darwin’s early life and work.

Recent Publications

Radio Appearances:

Podcast Guest: Middlemarch by George Eliot on the F*ckbois Of Literature (FBOL) Podcast.

Podcast Guest: Nineteenth-Century horror stories on Victorian Scribblers podcast.

Host of Podcast 13: Steampunk and Victorian Studies in Syfy’s Warehouse 13 television show.

Lectures & Television:

Lecture: Mary Shelley’s Life and Works, at the Riverside Dickens Festival 

It’s Alive: How Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Changed the World, at the Pasadena Antiquarian Book Fair, filmed for television by Out and About with Roger Martin.

Production Assistant, James Cameron’s The Story of Science Fiction

Online Articles:

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter: Human-Directed Evolution in Theodora Goss’s Victorian Crossover Novel

Different Houses Built on the Same Foundation: Science and Spiritualism in V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic Trilogy

She Seems Dead, But She’s a Vampire, Right? Remediating Carmilla through Victorian Webculture

Media Coverage
Country Focus
England, Great Britain, Britain, Ireland
Expertise by Geography
British Isles
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
Expertise by Topic
Disability, Gender, Higher Ed, Literary History, Material Culture, Medicine, Museums, Science, Sexuality, Technology, Women