Christine Norquest is a doctoral candidate and Dean’s Graduate Fellow in English. Her dissertation, “‘That endless roar in which we live’: The Figure of Noise in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction,” considers representations of noise and silence, examining their implications for definitions and delimitations of ethnic, national, and gender identities and space. Under the direction of Harilaos Stecopoulos, she will defend her dissertation in May of 2014. Christine completed her undergraduate coursework at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas with a major in English, a minor in Anthropology, and secondary education certification in English/Language Arts and Reading. She returned to her home on the U.S.-Mexico border to teach middle school and, subsequently, to complete her M.A. in English at the University of Texas – Pan-American in Edinburg, TX. At the University of Iowa, Christine has taught 11 sections of “Interpretation of Literature,” including one honors section. She has also taught two elective literature courses on “American Identity” and “Literature of the American West” respectively. She is currently teaching a course titled “Investigating the Mysterious.” Additionally, as a General Education Literature Program Associate, Christine mentors graduate student literature instructors who are new to the program.