Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1997
19th- and 20th-century American literature, Anglo-American modernism, race and gender theory, Asian American literature, anime
Pat is the author of Race, Nationalism and the State in British and American Modernism (Cambridge UP, 2006). In this book she examines the ways in which Anglo-American modernism was significantly shaped by the development and application of state administrative technologies during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She argues that the “new” subjectivities and identities imagined by modernist artists emerged in tandem with changes in how Western states were defining and managing the people within their jurisdictions, with particular attention to areas under colonial conquest and administration. Her analysis of modernity and its creatures frames “Anglo-American” modernism with the economic, political, technological, and cultural histories of Atlantic modernity: the sugar plantation, the sugar mill, slavery, colonialism, revolution, American occupation and Voudun. The figure of the white zombie is a reminder of how the “native” always anchors the modern citizen-subject. The authors and filmmakers covered are T.S. Eliot, Sara Jeannette Duncan, Katherine Mansfield, Rebecca West, Ellen Glasgow, Jean Toomer, Victor Halperin, and D.W. Griffith.
Pat is on the National Advisory Board for Teen Voices, Boston MA
Recent publications and presentations
“Dog and Dinosaur: The Modern Animal Story,” Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature (March 2007).
“’A Grammar and an Art’: Jean Painlevé’s Scientific Cinema of the 1920s and 1930s,” Modernist Studies Association, November 2007