The rabbit hole of literature opens up a world of imagination and ideas that are endlessly fascinating to the curious reader. As an academic, Dr Kirstin Mills investigates the elusive, exciting and mysterious connections between literature and the different ways that writers engage with the unknown worlds of the supernatural, the uncanny, dreams, and the mind. Her research focuses broadly on the Gothic from 1750 to the present day, as well as fantastic literature of the long nineteenth century. She is particularly interested in the intersection of literature and science during this period, and the ways that literature was used to understand and explore many of the period’s most challenging and exciting ideas about possible extensions to and alterations of reality.
Kirstin earned her Ph.D. in English Literature from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, with a doctoral thesis entitled Imagined Worlds: The Role of Dreams, Space, and the Supernatural in the Evolution of Victorian Fantasy (2014). She earned her BA (First Class Hons) from the same university with a thesis examining the intersections of psychology and epic fantasy in Beowulf and Tolkien. She has since published research in a range of formats from journals and books to podcasts and interviews, presented her research at conferences and events, and blogs about her research.