Department of English

Suzy Kim

B.A. English, University of Pennsylvania, 2016., A.M. English, Brown University, 2018.
Office: 70 Brown St., Rm. 414
Office hours: Tuesdays, 2:00-3:30
Research Interests Gender and Sexuality Studies, Literary and Cultural Theory, Romantic and Victorian, Studies in the Novel, Literature and Cognitive/Psychological Science
Dissertation Title The Anatomy of Suspense


My dissertation project, “The Anatomy of Suspense: Victorian Bildung and Its Other Forms,” examines various forms of the Victorian Bildung plot through the lens of suspense. The protagonists of the Bildung plot in the novels that I examine seem at first glance to curate their sense of self-based on these decisions that they make at moments of utmost suspense; however, their ultimate self-identity have been pre-ordained for them, a bind which the novels work through in thematics of gambling, chance, and sheer luck. The project has produced two articles: an essay on Wilkie Collins’s sensation fiction in the Journal of English Language and Literature, and another, on Daniel Deronda and the role of uncertainty, which is currently under review. I am also a published comics writer—my adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes story, “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” was included in The Graphic Canon of Crime and Mystery Volume 1, edited by Russ Kick. I am trained in Victorian literature, narrative theory, theories of the novel, gender studies, and visual culture.

Courses Taught:


ENGL0200 “(Victorian) Flesh,” Spring 2019.

ENGL0900E “The Academic Essay,” Fall 2018.


ENGL0511C “Fantastic Places, Unhuman Humans” taught by Jim Egan, Spring 2021.

ENGL0511L “Stories of the Future Past” taught by Jim Egan, Fall 2020.

ENGL0100F “Devils, Demons, and Do Gooders” taught by Jim Egan, Spring 2018.

ENGL0100P “Love Stories” taught by James Kuzner, Fall 2017.


“Victorian Values: Collins, Debt, and Reading Suspense,” Journal of English Language and Literature, vol. 67 no. 1 (2021) 85-106.

“Hand in Hand: A Review of Peter J. Capuano & Sue Zemka, Victorian Hands: The Manual Turn in Nineteenth-Century Body Studies.” The Victorian Web. 4 Apr 2021.

“Power of Proliferation: A Review of Christina Meyer’s Producing Mass Entertainment: The Serial Life of the Yellow Kid.” The Victorian Web. 19 Mar 2021.

“The Adventure of the Speckled Band.” Graphic adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” The Graphic Canon of Crime and Mystery Volume 1: From Sherlock Holmes to A Clockwork Orange to Jo Nesbo, ed. Russ Kick, Seven Stories Press, 21 Nov 2017.

“Goblin Market.” Graphic adaptation of Christina Rossetti’s "Goblin Market," Penn Filament Magazine and The Penn Review, Spring 2016.