Amy Murray Twyning
Literature Program Assistant
Amy Murray Twyning earned her doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh. Her dissertation focused on “Detective Narrative and the Problem of Origins in Nineteenth-Century England.” She has presented papers at the Midwest Conference on British Studies, the Midwest Modern Language Association, the Children’s Literature Association Conference, and other conferences. She has reviewed books for the journal Critical Quarterly.
Amy serves as the assistant to the Literature program and chairs the program’s Assessment Committee. She has also mentored newer teachers in Literature.
Amy currently studies representations of children and childhood in the mid-Victorian period, in particular the relationship between the construction of childhood and the construction of modern subjectivity and individuality. She is especially interested in the novels of Charles Dickens and the children’s fantasy works of George MacDonald. Her current research investigates nineteenth-century children’s literature narrated from dolls’ perspectives.
Amy teaches courses in the Children’s Literature program and in the Literature program. Some of her favorite courses include Childhood’s Books, Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature, and The Gothic Imagination.