Areas of Interest
Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century American Literature, Transatlantic Literature, New Woman Literature, Sensory Studies and Affect Theory, Periodical Culture, Gender Studies, Appalachian Literature, and Community-Based Learning
B.A. (English & History), Emory and Henry College
M.A. (English), University of Tennessee
Stacy Sivinski is a PhD student in English and a Gender Studies minor at the University of Notre Dame studying transatlantic literature produced during the late-nineteenth and
early-twentieth centuries. She is interested in exploring intersections between fashion, bodily sensation, and gender, especially as they relate to the fin de siècle period. Her dissertation considers the ways New Women writers utilize positive portrayals of sensation as a means of contesting power hierarchies and promoting more fluid forms of identity-making. The project’s primary emphasis centers on moments in which pleasurable sensations (touch, taste, sight, smell, and hearing/speaking) encourage female characters to experience a personal awakening and recognize tools that they can use to disrupt patriarchal systems. Some of the writers included in her analyses are Amy Levy, Alice Dunbar Nelson, Sui Sin Far, Kate Chopin, Willa Cather, and Jessie Fauset, amongst others. Stacy also possesses a passion for studying Appalachian literature and often explores this genre’s unique reliance on embodied forms of history.
Recent Scholarly Activity:
“Velvet, Silk, and Other Ecstasies: Affective Encounters with Clothes in Early Issues of Vogue.” Modernist Studies Association Conference, Columbus, Ohio. November 2018.
“A Place Apart: The Function of Time in George Egerton’s Keynotes”, George Egerton and the fin de siècle Conference. Hosted by the Cultural Currents (1870-1930) Research Group, Loughborough, England. April 2017.
Co-Presenter. “Service Learning in the Appalachian Literature Classroom.” Appalachian Studies Association Conference, Johnson City, Tennessee. March 2015.