Loyola University Chicago

Writing Program

Emily Datskou

Doctoral Candidate and Instructor of Record



Emily Datskou (she/her) is a PhD candidate in English in Nineteenth-Century Studies with a concentration in Women's Studies and Gender Studies. At Loyola, she has taught the core literature and writing classes, Introduction to Women's Studies and Gender Studies, and tier-two literature courses on the Gothic and Monsters. Her research focuses on the nineteenth-century British novel, queer theory, and the Gothic, and she is currently finishing a dissertation on the intersections of queer theory and the nineteenth-century novel. Emily is also the Project Manager for the Lili Elbe Digital Archive, which presents the life narrative of Lili Elbe, one of the most iconic figures in the history of gender variance. 


  • BA in English from American University (2009)
  • MA in English from Boston University (2012)
  • Concentration in WSGS from Loyola University Chicago (2016)

Research Interests

  • The Long Nineteenth Century
  • Victorian Novels
  • The Gothic
  • Queer Theory
  • Gender Studies
  • Modernism
  • Digital Humanities


  • “The Creation of Identity in Frankenstein and Man Into Woman.” Creolizing Frankenstein. Ed. Michael Paradiso. Forthcoming from Rowman & Littlefield International (2022).
  • “Celebrating the Launch of the Lili Elbe Digital Archive: A Transfeminist Symposium,” with Pamela Caughie, Transgender Studies Quarterly (Fall 2020), 463-475.
  • The Lili Elbe Digital Archive, co-edited with Pamela Caughie, Sabine Meyer, Rebecca Parker, and Nikolaus Wasmoen. Launched 6 July 2019 (http://www.lilielbe.org)
  • “Queer Temporalities: Resisting Family, Reproduction and Lineage in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights.” Brontë Studies 45:2 (2020), 132-43.
  • “Storm Clouds on the Horizon: Feminist Ontologies and the Problem of Gender,” with Pamela Caughie and Rebecca Parker, Feminist Modernist Studies 1.3 (October 2018), 230-242.