BA, University of Chicago
MA, University of Chicago
Ph.D., Fordham University
Field of Study: 18th-Century British and Transatlantic
Ecologies of the Novel: The British novel in Caribbean narratives
My dissertation explores the ways in which conventions of the novel - things like the picaresque, the sentimental, and the gothic - make their way into mid and late eighteenth-century Caribbean travel narratives and journals. These conventions allow Caribbean texts to challenge the social conventions of plantation society and offer a different view of the Caribbean, one in which slaves are featured as individuals with agency and one in which the boundaries between humans and animals begin to blur.