Sophia L. BamertUC Davis Exchange lecturer
I am a lecturer in American Studies in 2018-19 on an exchange from the University of California, Davis, where I am a PhD candidate in English with a designated emphasis in Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies. I hold an MA in English from UC Davis (Thesis: “‘The Black Map’ in Its ‘Proper Frame’: Black Metropolis, the Frye Street Stories, and Spatial Discrimination”) and a BA in English and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College. In 2013-14 I was awarded a Fulbright Grant for an English teaching assistantship in Germany.
My research lies at the intersections of critical geography, critical race studies, urban history, and genre studies with a focus on American literature between the Civil War and World War II. My dissertation, tentatively titled “Urban Patterns: The Textual Making of Race and Space,” examines the relationship between the production of knowledge about urban space and the racialized, classed, and gendered material conditions of early 20th-century American cities. Reading authors such as Theodore Dreiser, Henry Blake Fuller, Marita Bonner, and Richard Wright alongside contemporaneous sociological texts, urban planning documents, and social surveys, I consider the interactions between literary genres and geographic patterns.
In addition, I have an extensive background in ecocriticism and rhetoric and composition. My ecocritical approach to The House of the Seven Gables has been published in the Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, I am co-author with Janet Fiskio of the chapter “New Directions in Ecocriticism” in the Cambridge UP collection American Literature in Transition, 2000-2010, and I am a contributor to the Newberry Library online exhibit Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in 10th-Century Chicago, 1893-1955.