Riley McGuire is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently completing a dissertation entitled Figures of Speech: The Relational and Generic Forms of Vocal Disability in Nineteenth-Century Culture. This project argues that both the authorial writing body and the characterological written body were constituted in relation to the period’s vocal prescriptions and deviations. His most recent article, “Writing Novels, Simulating Voices: Euphonia, Trilby, and the Technological Sounding of Identity,” is forthcoming in Victorian Literature and Culture. He has taught literature courses on disability, queer, and media studies at Penn and Bryn Mawr College.
While at Penn, he has served as the Graduate Assistant for the Penn English in London Program, co-coordinated the Gender and Sexuality Studies Reading Group for two years, helped organize the conference "Disability Studies: A History," and worked as an extern at Penn's LGBT Center.