Miranda Marraccini

B.A., Amherst College (2012)
MSt., Nineteenth-Century Literature, University of Oxford (2013)

Miranda joined the department in 2013. She works on Victorian literature, especially in relation to book history and periodicals. As a Graduate Fellow at Princeton’s Center for Digital Humanities, she designed and built her project, The Victoria Press Circle, which includes a database and network graphs of the women and men involved in Emily Faithfull’s Victoria Press. Faithfull founded the Victoria Press in 1860 as a commercial venture dedicated to “the Employment of Women” in the printing industry. The Victoria Press Circle’s open-access website, victoriapresscircle.org, uses social network analysis to reconstruct a feminist enterprise that exploited masculine celebrity and patronage.

The Victoria Press Circle is a part of Miranda’s dissertation, Feminist Types: Reading the Victoria Press. At the Victoria Press, women worked at every level of print production to produce multi-vocal texts debating women’s rights and roles. Each chapter of Feminist Types discusses conflicts among text, paratext, genre, and material form, in a type of Victoria Press publication (periodicals, anthologies, and pamphlets). An article drawn from the project, “‘True Home Spirit’: Paper Homes from the Victoria Press,” has been published in Victorian Periodicals Review (51.2), and another article is forthcoming in the same journal in September 2019. Miranda will complete her project this year as a 2018-19 Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow in Women’s Studies.

Miranda organized the Victorian Colloquium during the 2015-16 academic year. She has also worked in Princeton’s Cotsen Children’s Library, cataloging and archiving manuscripts. In Spring 2018, she co-taught a new undergraduate course with Professor Meredith Martin. Students in “Virtual Victorians” examined Victorian women’s poetry side-by-side with digital tools and ultimately designed their own digital humanities projects.