Kristin Lacey

Lacey_photoI study primarily Progressive Era American fiction (1890-1920) with particular attention to narratives of “mad” women. I am interested in how these texts represent the social construction of madness. Who benefits from portraying women as mad? To what extent do the women in these texts succumb to their “madness”? Or, do they reclaim the diagnosis from a position of power? I am also interested in satire of all kinds–from Jonathan Swift to Paul Beatty, from Sinclair Lewis to McSweeney’s.




PhD in English and American Literature, Boston University, in progress
MA in English and American Literature, Boston University, May 2016
B.A. in English, California State University, Fresno, 2015

Courses Taught

WR 100: Women and Madness in Literature

Recent Presentations

“The Inevitability of Violence in Joanna Russ’s The Female Man.” VIII Annual LANGSA Conference: Shaping the Future. University of Connecticut. (October 27, 2017). 

“‘A Soft Answer Turns Away Wrath’: Bloom’s Gendered Discourse in ‘Eumaeus.’” XXV International James Joyce Symposium. London, UK. (June 13-18, 2016).