Jessica Durgan

Assistant Professor

Office/Department: English

Location: Hagg-Sauer Hall

Box #: 23


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Dr. Jessica Durgan was raised in the Pacific Northwest and has lived in California and Texas before coming to Northern Minnesota.

She was a film major at Chapman University before pursuing graduate study in the English field.  She earned her doctorate in English Literature from Texas A&M University, where she specialized in Victorian literature.  What she enjoys most about teaching at Bemidji State is that by teaching British literature, film studies, and writing courses, she is able to interact with many different groups of students every semester.

She is currently working on an article discussing representations of race and class in Neo-Victorian and Steampunk fiction for a collection on 21st Century Children’s and Adolescent Literature as well as larger book project focused on the intersections of color, art, and race in the Victorian novel.




Texas A&M University

Recent Work

Selected Publications:

“Wilkie Collins’s Blue Period: Color, Aesthetics, and Race in Poor Miss Finch.” Forthcoming from Victorian Literature and Culture, Cambridge University Press.

“Souvenirs of the South Seas: Objects of Imperial Critiques in Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels.” Eighteenth-Century Thing Theory in a Global Context: From Consumerism to Celebrity Culture. Ed. Ileana Baird and Christina Ionescu. Ashgate Publishing, 2014.

“Framing Heritage: The Role of Cinematography in Pride and Prejudice.”Persuasions Online 27.2 (2007). Published by the Jane Austen Society of North America.