Karen Odden‘s interest in the Victorian era and specifically railway crashes goes back to her New York University doctoral dissertation, which explored how the medical, parliamentary, and literary representations of railway disasters helped to create a discourse out of which Freud and others fashioned their ideas of “trauma.”
Karen has served as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and taught classes in English language and literature at New York University and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
‘A Lady in The Smoke’. In 1874, Lady Elizabeth Fraser is in a train wreck north of London. But the railway disaster is no accident, and together with a railway surgeon whom she learns to love, Elizabeth uncovers a long-standing financial conspiracy that has its roots in some of her family’s oldest secrets.
Karen’s website: www.karenodden.com