Transatlantic and Caribbean Studies

Graduate Studies in English at Northeastern University

The Northeastern English Department is home to the Early Caribbean Digital Archive—a ground-breaking digital humanities project that has been supported by grant funding from the Mellon Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. Graduate students have the opportunity to take classes with scholars in the fields of Transatlantic Literary Studies and Caribbean Studies with Professors Nicole Aljoe and Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, as well as to be employed developing materials for the ECDA. Graduate students have served as project directors and researchers for the ECDA and have travelled to conferences in the U.S. and the Caribbean to present papers about their work. In addition, a vibrant cohort of graduate students (at both the doctoral and master’s levels) working in the fields of Transatlantic Literary Studies and Caribbean Studies meets regularly in a thesis/dissertation workshop.

Our Faculty

Nicole N. Aljoe (Caribbean literature; literatures of the African diaspora; the slave narrative)
Featured Works:   A Literary History of the Early Anglophone Caribbean: Islands in the Stream (forthcoming from Palgrave, 2017); Nicole N. Aljoe and Ian Finseth, eds.,  Journeys of the Slave Narrative in the Early Americas (Univ. of Virginia Press, 2014); Creole Testimonies: Slave Narratives from the British Indies, 1709-1838  (Palgrave, 2011) [full bio]

Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (transatlantic literary studies; performance studies; early American literature)
Featured Works: Elizabeth Maddock Dillon and Michael Drexler, eds., The Haitian Revolution and the Early United States: Histories, Textualities, Geographies (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2016); New World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic Word, 1649-1849 (Duke University Press, 2014) [full bio]

Selected Recent Dissertations

Gregory Cass, “Transatlantic Poetry in the Long Eighteenth Century: Milton, empire, and the poetics of liberty” (directed by Elizabeth Maddock Dillon)

Dania Dwyer, “West Indian Literature and the Relation to History” (supervised by Nicole N. Aljoe)

Elizabeth Hopwood, “Eating the Atlantic: Nineteenth-Century U.S. and Caribbean Literature and the Gastroaesthetic” (directed by Elizabeth Maddock Dillon)

Sarah Payne, “Gender and Coming of Age in the Global South(s)” (supervised by Nicole N. Aljoe)

Liz Polcha, “The Sable Curtain: Redaction and the Exchange of Women in Eighteenth-Century Transatlantic Print Culture” (working title) (directed by Elizabeth Maddock Dillon)

Amanda Blair Runyan, “The Dress and the Colonial Body in Transatlantic Texts, 1767-1853” (directed by Nicole N. Aljoe)

Jenna Sciuto, Postcolonial Palimpsests: Fragmented Subjectivities, Sexual Violence, and Colonial Inheritance in Tierno Monenembo, Marie Vieux-Chauvet, and William Faulkner” (co-directed by Nicole N. Aljoe and Elizabeth Maddock Dillon)

Danielle Skeehan, “Creole Domesticity: Women, Commerce, and Kinship in Early Atlantic Writing” (directed by Elizabeth Maddock Dillon)

Selected Recent Courses
  • The “Other” in British Novels of the Long 18th Century – ENGL 7284 Topics in 18th Century Literature
  • Postcolonial Theory and Caribbean Literature – ENGL 7351 Topics in Literary Study
  • Print and Performance in the Atlantic World – ENGL 7213 Topics in Early American Literature
  • The Slave Narrative – ENGL 7352 Topics in Genre
  • Transatlantic Print – ENGL 7351 Topics in Literary Study


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