Claire Kervin


My primary research interests include twentieth-century American literature and representations of the environment. I am especially interested in what imaginative forms and possibilities contemporary literature engenders for concepts of nature and culture. My dissertation explores human-environment and human-animal interchanges in recent works of American fiction, particularly focusing on rhetorical representations of porous boundaries between humans and nonhumans. I investigate how narratives employ this trope to articulate the complex, overlapping and coextensive relationship between the human and the natural. You can view my CV here.

Ph.D., English and American Literature, Boston University, expected May 2015
M.A., English and American Literature, Boston University, 2009
B.A, English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007 (second major in Spanish Language and Culture)

Recent Presentations
“Limestone Landscapes: Nature in W.H. Auden’s Poetry and Prose.” The Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada (November 5-8, 2009).

Courses Taught
English Department
Readings in American Literature (“Imagining America: Literature and the Environment”), Fall 2012
Fiction (“Doing the Right Thing: Ethical Dilemmas in Literature”), Spring 2012
Freshman Seminar in Literature (“Literary Ethics and Contemporary Fiction”), Fall 2011
Readings in Modern Literature (“The Age of Anxiety”), Spring 2010
Readings in World Literature (“Worldly Selves”), Fall 2009

CAS Writing Program
Freshman Seminar in Writing (“The Short Story”), Fall 2013
Freshman Seminar in Writing and Research (“Reading In: Ambiguity in Twentieth Century Literature”), Spring 2011
Freshman Seminar in Writing. (“Reading In: Ambiguity in Twentieth Century Literature”), Fall 2010

Teaching Assistant:
English 476: Queer Theater and Performance (with Prof. Carrie Preston), Spring 2013