Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Personnel Profile

Abby Mann, Assistant Professor in English, Director, Women and Gender Studies Program

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PhD, Indiana University, 2010 major in Victorian Literature, minor in Science and Literature

Teaching Experience

  • University of Indianapolis
  • UIndy's sister school in Ningbo, China.


Her time in China, where air-conditioning is rare, somewhat prepared her for South Texas. She, her husband, Tony, and her extremely handsome French Bulldog, Gus, are enjoying exploring the tastes, sights and beaches of the area.

Areas of Interest

  • Victorian Literature,
  • Science and Literature,
  • Feminist Theory

Conferences and Presentations

  • “Picturing the Self Within Time.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies Conference. March 2012. Examining several nineteenth-century lyric poets, I argue that engaging with evolutionary thought forced them to engage with temporality and the material world in fresh ways.
  • “How Victorian Feminists Saw Regression as a Source of Hope.” Midwest Victorian Studies Association. April 2012. While many late-Victorian horror stories centered around figures of de-evolution, women at the time, I argued, found these images hopeful in that it allowed them to imagine the destruction of restrictive social structures.


  • “Objects and Objectivity: Harriet Martineau as Nineteenth Century Cyborg.” Co-Authored with Kathleen Beres Rogers. Prose Studies. December 2011. We argue that Martineau's disability, and the tools they forced her to use, allowed her to create a "cyborg" identity that gave her entrance into and power over the primarily masculine world of scientific observation.
  • “Competition and Kindness: The Darwinian World of The Hunger Games.” The Hunger Games and Philosophy. Wiley. Forthcoming 2012. The cooperation and kindness seen in The Hunger Games trilogy, I argue, are not at odds with the Darwinian ethos of the books, but rather an accurate rendition of how Darwin's ideas about group selection developed new takes on altruism.

Contact Information

Department of Language and Literature
Fore Hall
MSC MSC 162 Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: 361/593-3503
email: Abigail.Mann@tamuk.edu
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This page was last updated on: January 24, 2014