Ryanne McEvoy

I’m interested in the many varieties of polyphony most often attributed to writers in the modernist movement. I interrogate the ways in which language innovation both generates space within the traditional canon for marginalized voices and subjugates those same voices to the elitist inaccessibility of “high art.” Given my background in classical ballet, an industry full of exalted, ailing bodies, I’m also interested in literary representations of disability and mental illness, specifically the roles of body and mind as they intersect with the pursuit of artistic innovation.

Ph.D., English, Boston University, expected 2022
M.A., English, Boston University, 2018
B.A., English, summa cum laude, Skidmore College, 2014
B.A., Psychology, summa cum laude, Skidmore College, 2014

Recent Presentations:
“Faulkner in the Fifth Dimension,” William Faulkner Society; 2020 MLA Annual Convention, Seattle, WA; January 10, 2020.

“Peepy and the Birds: Bleak House Children as Deleuzian Anti-Progress Narrative” (Bleak House Everywhere: A Graduate Student Conference on Charles Dickens’ Bleak House; Boston University, Boston, MA; April 5, 2018.)