Brenda Tyrrell




  • Ph.D., English, Miami University, OH
  • M.A., English, Iowa State University
  • B.A., English & Classical Studies, Iowa State University
Current Research Areas
Pre-1964 Science Fiction and Intersectionality, with a focus on representations of disability; H. G. Wells and disability/illness; Language and Post-colonialism in Black Speculative Fiction

Recent Publications
“‘Indiscriminate and Universal Destruction’? Warfare and Nature in H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds.” The Wellsian: The Journal of the H.G. Wells Society vol. 43, 2020, pp. 56-77. Co-authored with Jeremy Withers.

“The Metanarrative of HIV and AIDS: Losing Track of an Epidemic.” The Metanarrative of Disability, edited by David Bolt, Routledge, 2021.

“A World Turned Upside Down: Hop-Frog, Freak Shows, and Representations of Dwarfism.” Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, vol. 14, no. , 2020, pp. 171-186.

“A ‘Strange Bird’ in a ‘Strange World’: Ability and Difference in Wells’s The Wonderful Visit.” The Wellsian: The Journal of the H.G. Wells Society, vol42, 2019, pp. 51-68.

Outside of the University
When I'm not teaching or writing, I enjoy gardening, exploring nature through photography, knitting, baking vegan yummies, playing board games, and crafternoons with my friends.