Christine A. Wooley
Christine Wooley joined the St. Mary’s English Department in 2005. An English and Women and Gender Studies double major as an undergraduate at Amherst College, she received her MA (1999) and PhD (2004) in English from the University of Washington. At the UW, her work focused on African-American writers and the use of sentimental literary forms for political aims. Her current research takes up the intersection of financial and interracial relationships in US literature from the long nineteenth century, and she has essays forthcoming in two collections that show how black writers engage with material inequality and reparative justice after Reconstruction. Wooley’s essays on postbellum African-American fiction have appeared in the African American Review and the Mississippi Quarterly, and she has presented her work most recently at the triennial meeting of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers and for a panel sponsored by the Melville Society at 2015’s meeting of the American Literature Association.
Courses Recently Taught
- ENGL 235. Slave Narratives
- ENGL 204. Reading and Writing in the Major
- ENGL 304. Methods of Literary Study
- ENGL 365. Postbellum, Pre-Harlem
- ENGL 410. Melville's Moby-Dick
- 1995 - B.A. - English; Women's and Gender Studies - Amherst College
- 1999 - M.A. - English Literature - University of Washington
- 2004 - Ph.D. - English Literature - University of Washington
Areas of Expertise
- Postbellum African-American Literature
- Literary representations of money
- American sentimental narratives
- American literature in the long nineteenth century
- African-American literature
- Introducing criticism and theory
"Making Sympathy Pay: Southworth, Alcott, and the Material Costs of Feeling Right”
Paper presented at the triennial meeting of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, 5 November 2015, Philadelphia, PA.
Paper presented for the Melville Society’s panel “Melville’s Money” at the annual meeting of the American Literature Association, 23 May 2015, Boston, MA.
“The Necessary Fictions of Charles Chesnutt’s The Colonel’s Dream”
Essay appearing in the Mississippi Quarterly, Spring 2012.