Areas of Interest
19th and 20th century American literature, science studies, narrative theory
University of Toronto, BA; University of Toronto, MA
Aleksandra joined the PhD program at Notre Dame in the fall 2012, where she studies how people use technological artifacts to interact with the environment. The focus of her dissertation project is cross cultural encounters in a broad range of 19th and early 20th century American literature, especially American travelers who enlist native guides in America, Africa, and the Caribbean. Bringing to bear questions raised in science studies and the history of distributed cognition, she probes the extent to which technologies determine how we think all the while questioning the view that technological innovation is the driver of modernity in the work of Herman Melville, Henry David Thoreau, Ernest Hemingway, and Zora Neale Hurston.