Jennifer Janechek received her PhD in English literature from the University of Iowa. As a lecturer in the Rhetoric Department, she integrates her interest in fashion studies, media theory, and disability studies into her courses. She created a course on “The Language of (Dis)ability” that will be cross-listed with the Certificate in Disability Studies Program in fall 2019. She is passionate about helping students engage in self-discovery in order to become more aware of how narratives of selfhood are created (and often imposed upon others).
Her research joins her interest in disability studies with her passion for language. Her book project Telephonic Modernism: Engineering the “Pure Voice” in Modern British Literature explores the participation of telephonic technologies in Britain’s efforts at linguistic purification in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and considers, in turn, how advances in communication engineering influenced late Victorian and early modernist representations of the voice in literature. Her work has appeared in Texas Studies in Literature and Language, The Conradian, Dickens Studies Annual, The Victorian, Literature/Film Quarterly, The Mailer Review, and Nineteenth-Century Disability: Cultures & Contexts. She is the winner of the 2016 Bruce Harkness Young Conrad Scholar Award from the Joseph Conrad Society of America.