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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



  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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