Jessica Wharton




Jessica Wharton

B.A. in English, minor in Psychology magna cum laude Quinnipiac University’s Honors Program






Jess is a current M.A. student and graduate assistant at St. Johns University. Her assistantship duties include researching, editing, and indexing books for several professors here in the English department.

Her personal research interests lie somewhere between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She enjoys the gothic genre and has a bit of experience with Irish postcolonial literature, but she is especially interested in gender studies within late Victorian and early modernist literature. In fact, Jessica topped off her bachelor’s experience by writing and defending an undergraduate thesis about the vagina dentatemyth in the context of the “Penelope” chapter of James Joyce’s Ulysses. She also started to dabble in the world of poetry while at Quinnipiac, where she won a few modest awards for her writing. In her first semester at St. John’s, she was fortunate enough to be able to continue working on her poetry in addition to research projects about the role of the failed Catholic confession in The Picture of Dorian Gray, and the effect of the incompetent patriarch on Jane Austen’s heroines.

Other interests of Jessica’s include drawing and growing plants; she has a fish named Turnip, can recite The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock from memory, and makes better chili than most people on the planet. You can reach her to chat about English or ask for her chili recipe at