Kristin Lacey

Kristin Lacey is a Ph.D. candidate in English at BU. She has taught courses on nineteenth-century American literature, literary representations of “madwomen,” and satire from Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels through Paul Beatty’s The Sellout (2015). Her dissertation, “Covert Ambition in the 19th-Century United States,” studies the rise of individual ambition with particular attention to how women navigated this cultural shift. This project attends to understudied women’s fictional texts, canonical examples of ambitious women, and archival materials like conduct manuals, men’s success manuals, and women’s magazines. She is the President of the BU English Graduate Student Association for the 2019-2020 academic year.

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
WR 150: Women and Madness in Literature
EN 120: Satire from Swift to McSweeney’s
EN 127: Reading American Literature

Recent Presentations
“Women’s Covert Economic Ambition in 19th-Century American Fiction.” The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Conference (C19). Coral Gables, FL. (April 2-5, 2020.)

“Conspicuous Hoarding as Catalyst for the Monstrous Feminine in Frank Norris’s McTeague.” Northeast Modern Language Association. Washington, D.C. (March 21-24, 2019).

“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).