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Danư van Dam


person name Position: Postgraduate Researcher Email:
Area: English Literature

PhD Research

In my thesis on ‘Orientalism and sexual stereotyping in neo-Victorian writing’, I look at how the oriental or colonial other is portrayed in neo-Victorian fiction.  I explore the distinctions between self and other, east and west, orient and occident and I consider how these distinctions are related to a sexual stereotyping of the oriental or colonial other versus the western self. I also examine how the use made of ethnic and sexual stereotypes in neo-Victorian fiction relates to their use in the Victorian period.

Other research interests I have concern science fiction and fantasy literature, gender theory and sexual identity, Victorian literature and (young adult) vampire fiction – or all of the above combined.

Supervisor: Prof Ann Heilmann

Academic Background

ResMA Literature Cum Laude (with distinction), Leiden University, 2013
BA History, Leiden University, 2010
BA English Language and Culture, Leiden University, 2009

Confernces, Symposia and Seminars

Conference papers
July 2013, “Going Native: Foreign Values as ‘Catching’ in Neo-Victorian Writing” at Liverpool John Moores University, ‘Neo-Victorian Cultures’
December 2012, “A Victorian Neo-Victorian Story? Future Nostalgia for a Present Past in H.G. Wells’ ‘A Story of the Days to Come’” at the University of London, ‘Other Worlds’
July 2012, “The Neo-Victorian Novel as ‘Dickensian’: Charles Dickens’ Significance for Present-Day Neo-Victorian Writing” at the University of Portsmouth, ‘The Other Dickens’
July 2012, “Sherlock’s London: Taking the Victorian into the Twenty-First Century” at the University of Hull, ‘“Viewer, I Married Him”: Reading (Re)Productions of the Long Nineteenth Century in Period Drama’
June 2012, “Case Unsolved: The Figure of the Detective in The Suspicions of Mr Whicher” at the University of Amsterdam, ‘Neo-Victorian Networks’
March 2011, “The Vampire in Young Adult Novels: From Bloodsucker to Boyfriend Material” at the University of York, ‘Myths and Fairy Tales in Film and Literature Post-1900’

In March-April 2013, I organised and taught a seminar series on conference participation for research master students in arts and literature at Leiden University.