Kelsey specializes in film studies and has an additional background in early modern English literature (1590-1667), drama, and queer studies.
Her dissertation, “Character, Queer Alterity, and Textual Adaptation,” intervenes in the field of adaptation studies by creating a model to understand how writers embed ideas about queer alterity and heterosexual culture into their adaptations of literary characters. Framing adaptation as an act that can be either socially rebellious or dangerously heteronormative, she looks at queer potentialities that circulate and change shape as novels and plays are adapted into film and television. Characters explored in the dissertation include Lady Macbeth, Mycroft Holmes, and Alma Winemiller (from Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke and Eccentricities of a Nightingale).
The project culminates in a creative “practice of adaptation” chapter that intervenes in lingering questions about queer female representation by producing three new queer feminist texts (drama, teleplay, and prose) that adapt underexplored female characters from texts analyzed in the previous chapters.
Kelsey’s scholarly work has been presented recently at the World Shakespeare Congress and the Northeastern MLA Conference.
For more information, see her CV.