Brigitte Fielder

Assistant Professor

1416 Sterling Hall


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I received my PhD in English Language and Literature from Cornell University, where I specialized in nineteenth-century American Literatures.  My other interests include American Studies, African American literature, Children’s Literature, Transatlantic Literatures, Critical Race Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Human-Animal Studies. I am currently working on two book projects, one on racialization and interracial kinship in nineteenth-century American literatures, and another on the overlapping discourses of race and species in the long nineteenth century.

For more information on my research and teaching interests, see my web page:

Selected Publications, Productions:

The Woman of Colour and Black Atlantic Movement,” Women’s Narratives of the Early Americas and the Formation of Empire. Eds. Mary Balkun and Susan Imbarrato(New York and London: Palgrave, 2016): 171-185.

“Visualizing Racial Mixture and Movement: Music, Notation, Illustration,” J19The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists 3.1 (Spring 2015): 146-155.

“Animal Humanism: Race, Species, and Affective Kinship in Nineteenth-Century Abolition,” American Quarterly special issue, “Racism, Speciesism, Sexism” 65.3 (September 2013): 487-513.

““Almost Eliza’: Reading Mary King as the Mixed-Race Heroine of William Allen’s The American Prejudice Against Color,” Studies in American Fiction 40.1 (Spring 2013): 1-25. 

Recent or Recurrent Courses Taught:

Undergraduate Courses:

American Girls & American Girlhood

Literatures of Enslavement in the Black Atlantic

Long Before Harlem: Early Black Literature

Sex, Scandal, & Slavery

Way Before Beyoncé: Early Black Feminism

Graduate Courses:

Creating Race and Species in the Transatlantic World

Race and Cultural and Literary Theory