Sydney Bufkin Mellon Digital Humanities Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of English

Sydney Bufkin

Leyburn Library M36
540.458.8980
bufkins@wlu.edu
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Education

B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Research

Late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century American literature, particularly African American literature, reception and publishing history, the literature of reform, and digital humanities.

Teaching

WRIT 100. Writing in Public

ENGL 295. Transforming Literature: Fan Fiction, Literary Mashups, and Other Canon Fodder

ENGL 393A. The African American Historical Novel

ENGL 293C. American Gilded Ages

ENGL 234. Children's Literature: Politics and the Young Adult Novel

WRIT 100. Gender and Genre: The Romantic Comedy from Jane Austen to Trainwreck

ENGL 253. Southern American Literature: Region and the Real South

WRIT 100. Pretty Hurts: Race and Beauty from Claudette Colbert to Beyoncé

ENGL 232. Introduction to the Novel

Selected Publications

“Resisting Naturalism: Purpose and Literary Value in the Reception of Frank Norris’s The Octopus.” Book History 18 (2015): 197-234.

“Beyond ‘Bitter’: Chesnutt’s The Marrow of Tradition.” American Literary Realism 46. 3 (Spring 2014): 230-250.

"'The true and stirring stuff of which romance is born': Dark Princess and the Revolutionary Potential of Literary Form."  Journal of Modern Literature 36. 4 (Summer 2013): 62-76.

"Contending Forces' Intellectual History: Emerson, Du Bois, and Washington at the Turn of the Century." Arizona Quarterly 69. 3 (Autumn 2013): 77-98.