Research

Un(dis)covered Bodies: Science, Narrative, and the Female Body in Activist Medical Fiction

image31

In my book project, Un(dis)covered Bodies: Science, Narrative, and the Female Body in Activist Medical Fiction, I argue that women writers of medical fiction  reclaim the genre of medical fiction as a form of sex education for the purpose of (1) resisting censorship under federal Comstock Law and (2) rescripting scientific narratives that designate the female body as disabled. From Louisa May Alcott’s Eight Cousins (1874) to Angelina Weld Grimke’s Rachel (1916), I examine several works of woman-authored medical fiction through a feminist disability studies lens as a way of revealing how American women writers of medical fiction employ the practice of narrative medicine to (re-)educate their readership on a variety of subjects such as methods of female hygiene, syphilis prevention, and contraception. Using theorists such as Anne Fausto-Sterling, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, and Alison Kafer, I reveal how women writers of medical fiction rescript cultural narratives that draw upon the rhetoric of disability to distance themselves from the concept of impairment in ways that establish new-and often oppressive-boundaries for defining disability and race.

Research & Teaching Interests

image32

Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Early Twentieth-Century American Literature

Rhetoric and Composition/Genre Studies (e.g. Utopian Studies, Science Fiction Studies, Environmental Literature)

Women’s and Gender Studies

Feminist Theory

Disability Studies

Medical Humanities

Ecocriticism, Environmental Theory (including posthumanism, new materialisms, and theories of the Anthropocene)


Education

image33

PhD in English 

Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies

University of Texas at Arlington

Dissertation Title: Disabling Sex Education: Science, Narrative, and the Female Body in Feminist Medical Fiction, 1874-1916 

Committee: Kenneth Roemer (Chair), Stacy Alaimo, Neill Matheson, Desiree Henderson

May 2017


MA in Humanities - Studies in Literature

Spanish Language Exam

University of Texas at Dallas

Thesis Portfolio: "Mapping Faulkner" and "Masters of the Great Art of Telling the Truth: The Rhetoric of Silence in Melville's Benito Cereno and Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury"  

Thesis Advisor: Theresa M. Towner

May 2011


BA in Literature, 

Minor in Spanish and Hispanic Area Studies

University of Texas at Dallas

December 2009