Amanda Healy

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Amanda Healy

Doctoral Candidate in English and Women's Studies

Office Location(s): 1122 Lane Hall
Phone: 734.647.0774

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    Dissertation Abstract
    Her dissertation explores representations of westward expansion in U.S. women's historical fiction written in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Studies of imperialism have long demonstrated that the dynamics of conquest are fundamentally gendered and sexualized and that the realm of domesticity is precisely where they are enacted. As such, these “domestic” novels offer critical insight into the means by which new lands and people were written into, and out of, American identity. Each chapter combines literary analysis of primary texts - memoirs, plays, fiction - with extensive periodical research to reveal the influence these texts exerted at the time of their publication, and the ways in which that influence continues to shape contemporary understandings of U.S. history.

    Academic interests: nineteenth-century U.S. literature and culture; histories of empire; women's and gender studies; critical ethnic studies; critical race theory; public history; literary tourism; feminist pedagogy.