Kathryne Bevilacqua


Frederick Donald Sober Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Michigan


bevilacq@umich.edu

@bevilacq

I am currently a Frederick Donald Sober Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan, where I earned my Ph.D. in English Language & Literature in 2016.

As a literary historian, I focus on early twentieth century American literary culture and questions about readers and reading, textual circulation and consumption, and literary taste.

In my research, I seek new ways to describe how people and institutions have invested reading practices with different social meanings. In my pedagogy, I likewise help students take stock of their own investments in different forms of reading and writing.

Research

Research Interests

20th century American literature; studies of readers and reading; book history and materiality; taste; popular literature; history of education; library history


Painting of a woman reading a newspaper, called Newsreader (1945), Milton Avery

Newsreader (1945), Milton Avery

Dissertation

Making U.S. Readers in the Early Twentieth Century (2016) | Abstract (pdf)


Publications

"History Lessons from Gone with the Wind," Mississippi Quarterly 67.1 (Winter 2014): 99-125. | View online (requires ProQuest login)


Recent Presentations

  • “‘I wish I could learn to read but I guess I’m too dumb’: Early 20th-Century Reading Disability Research as an Archive of Non-Reading,” Technologies of the Book, Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing, Victoria, Canada, June 9-12, 2017
  • “‘Read to Win the War’: The American Library Association’s Publicity Campaign for Books and Reading in World War I,” American Literature Association (Reception Studies Society panel), Boston, MA, May 25-28, 2017
  • “Battle Hymn of the Librarians: The American Library Association’s Campaign for Books and Reading in World War I,” American Comparative Literature Association, Cambridge, MA, 17-20 Mar. 2016
  • “Learning to be Literate: Adult Reading Primers and the Identity of Reading in the Early Twentieth Century U.S.,” Modern Language Association, Austin, TX, 7-10 Jan. 2016
  • “Pencils and e-books: Marginalia in the Digital Archive,” The Generation and Regeneration of Books, Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing, Montreal, Canada, 7-10 July 2015
  • “Reading to be Read: Fanny Butcher, Celebrity Reader,” Consuming/Culture: Women and Girls in Print and Pixels, Oxford-Brookes Univ., Oxford, UK, 5-6 June 2015

Teaching

Teaching interests

Twentieth Century American Literature, particularly 1880-1940; history of the book; history of reading and readers; American literary history; composition


Cover of promotional pamphlet called 'Yes! Through Reading' (1928), American Library Association

"Yes! Through Reading" (1928), American Library Association


Teaching Portfolio, including sample syllabi and student feedback (pdf)

Courses taught
at the University of Michigan

2017

winter English 362: The American Novel: Classics and Controversies

2016

winter: English 124: Academic Writing and Literature: Unreliable Narratives | Syllabus, Assignments, and Materials (pdf) (docx)

2015

fall: English 124: Academic Writing and Literature: Misfits, Losers, and Underdogs

2014

winter: English 124: Academic Writing and Literature: Write Like a Reader

2013

fall: English 124: Academic Writing and Literature: Write Like a Reader

winter: English 125: Writing and Academic Argumentation: Misfits, Losers, and Underdogs | Syllabus, Assignments, and Materials (pdf) (docx)

2012

fall: English 125: Writing and Academic Argumentation: Misfits, Losers, and Underdogs

winter: English 368: Jacobean Shakespeare (discussion section leader)

2011

fall: English 313: Children’s Literature (discussion section leader)

C.V.

First page of Country Life Readers: First Book (1915), by Cora Wilson Stewart

Country Life Readers: First Book (1915), Cora Wilson Stewart

last updated 19 June 2017



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