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Travis Chi Wing Lau

University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. English, Classical Civilization (2012); summa cum laude

Office Hours

fall 2017

4-6 PM W/R, by appointment only

Travis is a Franklin/Fontaine doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania Department of English. His research interests include eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, the history and theory of the novel, the history of medicine, disability studies, body studies, and gender and sexuality studies. His dissertation, Prophylactic Fictions: Immunity and Biosecurity, traces the British literary and cultural history of immunity and vaccination in relation to conceptions of national health and the rise of the security state. His academic writing has been published in Journal of Homosexuality, Romantic Circles, English Language Notes, Digital Defoe, and Disability Studies Quarterly. His creative writing has appeared in The Deaf Poets Society, Wordgathering, Assaracus, Rogue Agent, Up the Staircase Quarterly, and QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology (Handtype Press, 2015).

Travis has served as the Graduate English Association's Treasurer and Prospectives Visit Coordinator. He has also served as organizer for Restoration-Victorian Reading Group.  

Courses Taught

fall 2017

ENGL 105.601 Disability Narratives  
ENGL 267.601 Contagion  

spring 2016

fall 2013