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Rachel Banka

Rachel Banka

English Graduate Teaching Assistant (2018-Present), McCourtney Family Distinguished Graduate Fellow (2017-2018)

4 Burrowes Building, Cubicle F

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes


Office Hours:

  • Fall 2019:
  • Mondays, 2:30-4:00 PM
  • Thursdays, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
  • (and by appointment)


  1. Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, English, In Progress
  2. M.A., Pennsylvania State University, English, 2019
  3. B.A., University of Mississippi, English (with minors in Theatre Arts and Classics: Latin Emphasis), 2015
  4. H.S. Diploma, Mississippi School of Mathematics and Science, 2011

Professional Bio

My specialty is speculative fiction, with an emphasis on fantasticism. I relish mythology, folklore, fairy tales, Gothic fiction, and magic realism. My current topics of interest include supernatural female figures, monstrosity, and the adaptation/evolution of lore, and my recent research has focused on the impact of proto-feminist French fairy tales on the English novel in the 18th century.

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