Vesna Kuiken

Visiting Assistant Professor

Ph.D. | Columbia University 
Office: HU 344
Office Hours: T/Th 1.15–2.15pm       

Professor Kuiken received her PhD in American Literature from Columbia University. Her expertise and research interests include long nineteenth-nentury American literature (Revolution to the 1920s), early American literature, regionalism, ecocriticism and environmental humanities, gender and sexuality, and nineteenth-century history of science. She is currently completing a book, Female Geologies: Islandic Life in American Literature, which shows how a recourse to islands and transatlantic marine environments enabled nineteenth-century American women writers to revise existing concepts of nature and (gender) politics. Kuiken’s work has appeared in and is forthcoming from the collection of essays American Impersonal: Essays with Sharon Cameron (Bloomsbury, 2014), J19, The Henry James Review, Arizona Quarterly, and Nineteenth-Century Prose. Her essay "1884: The Princess Casamassima, Anarchy, and James's Materialist Poetics" is the recipient of the Leon Edel Prize for the best essay on Henry James in 2016. She is co-editing, with Branka Arsić, a collection of essays on Henry David Thoreau’s philosophy of the vegetal.

     1. “Between Rock and Fish: Enchanted Isles in Celia Thaxter and Herman Melville” invited
          contribution for the collection Speculative Materialisms in the Nineteenth Century, ed. Renée
          Bergland, Christian Haines, and Mark Noble (New York: Fordham UP, 2020, forthcoming).
     2. “Wild Apple Journalizing: Thoreau’s Vegetal Aesthetics,” in Thoreau and the Vegetal, eds.
          Branka Arsic and Vesna Kuiken (New York: Bloomsbury, 2020, forthcoming).
     3. “Foreign Before ‘The Foreigner’: Caribbean Fetishes, Zombi, and Jewett’s Conjure Aesthetics”
          Special issue on women and medicine in nineteenth-century American literature, Arizona
, 74.4 (2018): 115-144.
     4. “Idiorrhythmic Regionality, or How to Live Together in Jewett’s Country of the Pointed Firs,”
          Arizona Quarterly, 74.3 (2018): 87-118.
     5. “1884: The Princess Casamassima, Anarchy, and Henry James’s Materialist Poetics,” The Henry
         James Review
38.2 (2017): 113-133, recipient of the 2016 Leon Edel Prize.
     6. “‘Fit to Be Free’: From Race to Capacity in Jewett's ‘The Mistress of Sydenham Plantation,’” J19:
         The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists 5.2 (2017): 239-266.
     7. “The Impersonal Lives of Margaret Fuller: A Problem of Biography,” Nineteenth-Century Prose
         42.1 (2015): 95-112.
     8. “On the Matter of Thinking: Margaret Fuller’s Beautiful Work,” in American Impersonal, ed.
          Branka Arsić (New York: Bloomsbury, 2014), pp. 99-129.

UAlbany Courses
     - AENG: 210: Thinking Through Concepts (Introduction to critical approaches to literature)
     - AENG 226: Nature Writing: Natural Histories of the Americas—Bartram to Hurston (Study in
        literary genre)
     - AENG 261: America’s Literary Environments: 1620-1920 (Survey of American Literature)
     - AENG 310: Ecocriticism (Literary theory)
     - AENG 310: Posthumanisms (Literary theory)
     - AENG 295: Away from Home from Homer to Kafka (Classics of Western literature)
     - AENG 413Y: Eco-Poetics: Nature Writing in American Literature (Topics in American literature and

Professional Service
2019           Reviewer for journal Textual Practice
2018           Organizer: Interdisciplinary symposium Anthropocene Now! Ecology, Ethic, Politics,
2013-2014  Co-organizer: 19th-Century Reading Group, Columbia University
2013           Co-organizer: The American Studies conference Rethinking Land and Language:
                   Dialogues in
Early American and Indigenous Studies Columbia University
2012-2014 Columbia University Seminar in American Studies, organizer and rapporteur