Kerry Sinanan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Kerry Sinanan, Ph.D.

Professional Info: Curriculum Vitae
Email: kerry.sinanan@utsa.edu
Office: MB 2.476

Research and Teaching Interests

Black Atlantic Studies; Race, Slavery, and Gender in the Long Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries; Critical Race Theory; Jane Austen, Race and Empire; Anti-Racist and Decolonial Pedagogies.


Biography

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 the National University of Ireland, Galway. She is now completing her monograph, Myths of Mastery: Traders, Planters and Colonial Agents 1750-1833 for The University of North Carolina Press. This book examines the writings in various genres by slave traders and slave owners from the mid-eighteenth century up to British emancipation (1834). It analyzes enslavers' attempts to construct an identity or self in their texts as they draw on a range of literary genres and contemporaneous discourses, tracing their self-justification as they made a living within the violence of slavery. Myths of Mastery situates itself within the related areas of eighteenth-century studies and critical race theory to focus specifically on the articulation of mastery and selfhood within a range of writings produced by British enslavers.

In 2010 she co-edited the volume, Romanticism, Sincerity and Authenticity with Tim Milnes (Palgrave Macmillan) and is currently working on another edited collection on Jane Austen.

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 project on representations of enslaved mothers. This looks in detail at the competing discourses that construct enslaved women and their bodies in texts and images, focusing on the representation of breasts and breastfeeding, in order to read fully the tensions and contradictions between economics, sexuality and maternity in plantation slavery.

She has been awarded an INTRA grant by UTSA for Fall 2020. Recently, she has been appointed Secretary/treasurer for the Early Caribbean Society: http://www.earlycaribbeansociety.com

Publications

Books

Myths of Mastery: Traders, Planters and Colonial Agents, 1750-1833. The University of North Carolina Press. Under Consideration.

Austen After 200: Reading After the Bicentenaries. Eds. Annika Bautz, Daniel Cook, and Kerry Sinanan. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Forthcoming, Summer 2021

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

Articles

'Heterogeneous Blackness: Peter Brathwaite's Eighteenth-Century Re-Portraits.' In The 18th-Century Common. July 13, 2020

'BLM 2020: Breathing, Resistance, and the War Against Enslavement.' In Age of Revolutions. June 10, 2020.

Maroon Resistance, White Violence, and Romanticism's Envy of Black Freedom.' In, Romantic Circles Unbound, 20.1, Breath.

'The "Slave" as Cultural Artifact: The Case of Mary Prince.' In Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture. Vol. 49. October 2020. Eds. Eve Tavor Bannet and Roxann Wheeler. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press: 65-83.

'"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.

Book Chapters

'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, 2020: 69-85.

'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: 390-406.

'"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.

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

'The Slave Narrative and the Literature of Abolition'. In The Cambridge Companion to the African American Slave Narrative. Ed. Audrey Fisch. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007: 61-80.

'Trading Places: Slave Traders Enslaved.' In Colonial and Postcolonial Incarceration. Ed. Graeme Harper. London and New York: Continuum Press, 2001: 67-85.

Multi-Media

Slavery, Race and Covid-19: Moore Institute COVID-19 Response Webinar. Enrico Dal Lago, Eric Foner and Koritha Mitchell, and Kerry Sinanan. May 19, 2020.

Race, Whiteness and Pedagogy in the Long 18th-C: An Online Teach-In. August 6, 2020.

Teaching Romanticism XXXIII: Teaching Jane Austen. Eds. Daniel Cook and Kerry Sinanan. Romantic Textualities. July 2019. http://www.romtext.org.uk/teaching-romanticism-xxxiii-austen1/

'Teaching Mansfield Park: Contrapuntal Reading and the Challenge to White Supremacy'. In Teaching Romanticism XXXIII: Teaching Jane Austen. Eds. Daniel Cook and Kerry Sinanan. Romantic Textualities. July 2019.

'Representations of Enslaved Mothers in the British Caribbean'. Podcast. Gilder Lehrman Centre for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, Yale University. January 2018.

'A New Set of Caps'. For 'Emma at 200', Sarahemsley.com. 21 October 2016.




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