Amy Murray Twyning
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Literature Program
Amy Murray Twyning earned her doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh. Her dissertation, “Detective Narrative and the Problem of Origins in Nineteenth-Century England,” examines early examples of the detective genre in the context of social and legal change in the Victorian era. She currently works on constructions and revisions of “the human” over the course of the 19th century in British literature read against changes in scientific and social thought from an anti-anthropocentric perspective. She also teaches critical perspectives on constructions of race, gender, and sexuality.
Amy serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Literature program and works with undergraduates to organize the annual Undergraduate Literature Conference.
Amy teaches courses in the Literature program, including Humans, Animals, Machines in Victorian Literature, Austen and Brontë, and Literary Field Studies. She is also committed to undergraduate research and mentors students who pursue individual research projects.