Stacy Sivinski

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Email: ssivinsk@nd.edu

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

Education
B.A. (English & History), Emory and Henry College
M.A. (English), University of Tennessee

Profile
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.

Publications:

“‘Roots and Seeds’: Reclaiming Regional Identity through Food in Ronni Lundy’s Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes.” In Consumption and the Literary Cookbook, edited by Roxanne Harde and Janet Wesselius, Routledge (Fall 2020)    
 
‘“An invention…that bottled up a memory, like scent’: Phantom Fragrances in Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca.” The Journal of Gender Studies (available online March 2020, print issue TBA). 
 
Velvet, Silk, and Other Ecstasies: Affective Encounters with Clothes in Early Issues of kVogue.” The Journal of Modern Periodical Studies, forthcoming.

Recent Scholarly Activity:
“Beautiful Voices and Attentive Ears: Listening to Environmental Networks in the Short Stories of Sarah Orne Jewett,” The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Conference (C19), Virtual Conference due to COVID-19. 
 
“‘Our new Fifth Avenue’: Renovated Exteriors and Untouched Interiors in Edith Wharton’s The Mother’s Recompense,” Edith Wharton Society Conference, New York, New York. June 2020. (Paper accepted; conference canceled due to COVID-19)
 
“‘Roots and Seeds’: Reclaiming Regional Identity through Food in Ronni Lundy’s Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes,” Appalachian Studies Association Conference, Lexington, Kentucky. March 2020. (Paper accepted; conference canceled due to COVID-19).
 
“The Elusive Power of ‘Undefinable Emotion’: Embodied History in Sydney Owenson’s The Wild Irish Girl,” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism Conference, Chicago, Illinois. August 2019.
 
“Judging a Book by Its Cover: H.L Mencken, The Smart Set, and Woman as Monstrous Consumer”, Midwest Modern Language Association Conference, Kansas City, Missouri.  November 2018.

“Velvet, Silk, and Other Ecstasies: Affective Encounters with Clothes in Early Issues of Vogue.” Modernist Studies Association Conference, Columbus, Ohio.  November 2018.
 
“From the Stage to the Page: Maintaining Orality in Written Collections of Appalachian Fairy Tales”, Appalachian Studies Association Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio.  April 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.