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Kathleen Miller
PhD in English Language and Literature
Cleburne, Texas

Victorian literature is more than just a topic in an English class for PhD student Kathleen Miller. "I love studying the contrasts between the popular misconceptions of the Victorians and the realities they could be pretty racy, to be honest," Kathleen says.

Baylor has been a perfect resource for Kathleen in her doctoral studies. "Baylor University has an amazing resource in the Armstrong Browning Library. As a collection of nineteenth-century books and manuscripts, particularly those by and pertaining to Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, it provides a wealth of resources and research opportunities," Kathleen says.

Working at the Armstrong Browning Library instilled in Kathleen a love of Victorian poetry and literature. She enrolled in Baylor's English PhD program after marrying and starting a family. When her two daughters were at an age when change was possible, Kathleen dove into the graduate program.

"I had initially intended to study for my MA, but Baylor allows certain applicants to apply directly for the PhD program, which I was pleased to be able to do," says Kathleen.

Through the program Kathleen has had the opportunity to meet prominent Victorian scholars from all over the world. Kathleen has also had the opportunity to attend international conferences.

"I am tremendously interested in the development of literature from the Victorian period through the Modern era," Kathleen says. "The shift of emphasis from poetry as the major medium to the novel is an interesting cultural and social marker."

Kathleen sees the integration of faith and learning at Baylor as central to the understanding of Victorian literature. "It would be impossible to study Victorian literature without incorporating an intensive scrutiny of religious trends and influences. The extent to which human nature relies upon or rebels against religion in its literary expressions indicates the social and cultural mores."

After receiving her degree, Kathleen hopes to get a tenure-track position at a university that specializes in Victorian literature. She also would like to pursue children's fantasy literature.