What can an English professor with expertise in Victorian Literature teach us about the coronavirus? Germ theory became popularized during that era, so this is when people realized that we were the vectors of our own illnesses. One would think that this would cause us to isolate ourselves from one another, like we are doing now, but the literature of the time, which reflects the thinking of the time, shows us that it brought us closer together. A message of hope in these dire times.

Dr. Kari Nixon is an assistant professor of English at Whitworth University. She teaches medical humanities, Victorian literature, and is forever interested in death, disease, risk, and why we fear them. Dr. Nixon’s work has been shared on Huffington Post, March for Science, and more.

Her first book, “Kept from All Contagion:” Germ Theory, Disease, and the Dilemma of Human Contact will be in print Spring 2020.

She got her PhD at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, with a dissertation in Victorian Bioethics, which she turned into the aforementioned book. She teaches both Victorian literature and contemporary medical humanities. She can be found at MKNixon.com

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