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Department of French and Italian

Elizabeth Berkebile McManus

Elizabeth Berkebile McManus is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of French and Italian. She holds a B.A. in French Studies from Cornell University and an M.A. in French Literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her dissertation is an exploration of Théophile Gautier’s architectural fantasies in relation to several cultural movements of the 19th century: utopian socialism, Egyptomania and Romantic conceptions of history, archeological imagination, and discourses of intoxication and madness. Her other interests include Fantastic, Utopian and Gothic literatures, Narrative Theory, Psychoanalysis, Marxist Theory, 19th century French architecture, urban planning, visual arts, decorative arts, and domesticity, 18th century French literature, and the fantastic in contemporary popular culture. Her article on the TV show Lost is forthcoming in The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts.