Kerry Sinanan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Kerry Sinanan, Ph.D.

Professional Info: Curriculum Vitae
Office: MB 2.476

Research and Teaching Interests

Black Atlantic studies; Race, Slavery, and Gender in the long eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; Jane Austen


Kerry Sinanan received her Ph.D. from Trinity College, Dublin in 2003. She has taught at several universities in the UK and Ireland including the University of the West of England and, most recently, the National University of Ireland, Galway. She is now completing her monograph, Myths of Mastery: Traders, Planters and Colonial Agents 1750-1833 and co-edited the volume, Romanticism, Sincerity and Authenticity with Tim Milnes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). She has received research fellowships from the Beinecke Library, the James Ford Bell Library and in 2017 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art where she began a new project on representations of slave mothers. Recently, she has been appointed Secretary/treasurer for the Early Caribbean Society:

Recent Publications

'Lost mothers in the Caribbean plantation and black maternal and infant mortality, now'. In Caribbean Literature in Transition. Volume 1. 1800-1920. Eds. Evelyn O'Callaghan and Tim Watson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020.

'Slavery and Glass: Tropes of "Race" and Reflection.' In In Sparkling Company: A History of English Glass. Ed. Christopher L. Maxwell Corning, New York: The Corning Museum, 2019.

'The Slave as Cultural Artefact: the case of Mary Prince'. In Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture. Vol. 49. March 2020. Ed. Roxann Wheeler. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

'Teaching Romanticism XXXIII: Jane Austen'. Eds. Daniel Cook and Kerry Sinanan. Romantic Textualities. Literature and Print Culture, 1780-1840. July 2019.

'Representations of slave mothers in the British Caribbean'. Gilder Lehrman Centre for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, Yale University. 23 June, 2017.

'"Most Delightfully Incongruous": Desire, Plot and Realism in the novels of Barbara Pym’. In Women: a Cultural Review. Vol. 25, Issue 4, December 2014. Eds. Nick Turner and Frances White. London: Routledge: 395-412.

'Austen, love and pain in the novels of Barbara Pym'. In Green Leaves. The Journal of the Barbara Pym Society. Vol. XX, No 2, Autumn 2014: 8.

'"The Feelings of an Officer": John Stedman in Suriname'. In The British Abroad Since the Eighteenth Century. Volume 2 Experiencing Imperialism. Eds. Martin Farr and Xavier Geugan. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013: 137-153.

'Too Good to be True? Hannah More, Authenticity, Sincerity and Evangelical Abolitionism'. In Romanticism, Sincerity and Authenticity. Eds. Tim Milnes and Kerry Sinanan. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010: 137-161.

Romanticism, Sincerity and Authenticity. Eds. Tim Milnes and Kerry Sinanan. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010: 1- 268.

'Introduction'. Kerry Sinanan and Tim Milnes. Romanticism, Sincerity and Authenticity. Eds. Tim Milnes and Kerry Sinanan. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010:1-31.

Recent Courses

  • British Literature II
  • Nineteenth-Century British Literature

Upcoming Courses

  • Victorian Literature
  • Senior Seminar: Slavery, Race, and Literature

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