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Dr. Jenna Grace Sciuto


Associate Professor, English/Communications


About Me

In my literature and writing courses, students interact with a range of texts, cultural perspectives, and ideas and are active participants in the production of knowledge. I value the free exchange of ideas and work to make my classroom an environment in which even introverted students will feel comfortable expressing themselves. Through their active involvement in class discussions, my students develop the ability to engage with texts and with language on a deeper level and, as a result, to harness their power to affect change in their fields, the academy, or the world at large.

Research/Creative Interests

My research and teaching focus on Global Anglophone and Global South Literatures, African American and African Diasporic Literatures, and Postcolonial Theory. More specifically, my research analyzes depictions of racism, sexual violence, and colonial inheritance in a group of novels from Rwanda, Haiti, and the American South.  I have presented at a number of conferences, including the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, the American Literature Association Conference, and the Northeast Modern Language Association Convention.  I have articles forthcoming in The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, ARIEL, and Faulkner and the Black Literatures of the Americas, a volume to be published by the University Press of Mississippi.​


“Postcolonial Palimpsests: Entwined Colonialisms and the Conflicted Representation of Charles Bon in William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!”, ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, February 2016 (forthcoming).

"‘My memory of the genocide stops here’: The Poetics of Traumatized Subjectivities and Colonial Inheritance in Tierno Monénembo’s The Oldest Orphan,” The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, February 2016 (forthcoming).

“‘For fear of a scandal’: Sexual Policing and the Preservation of Colonial Relations in William Faulkner and Marie Vieux-Chauvet,” Faulkner and the Black Literatures of the Americas, ed. Jay Watson, Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Series, University Press of Mississippi (forthcoming).

Talks and Presentations

“Patterns of Subjection: Race, Gender, and Plantation Sexual Violence in the Works of Harriet Jacobs and William Faulkner,” Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, March 2016.

“Chronotopic Colonialisms and Transmitted Traumas in Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!,” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference, Portland, Oregon, November 2015.

“Language and Traumatic History in William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! and Tierno Monénembo’s The Oldest Orphan,” American Literature Association Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, May 2015.

Contact Information

Office: Mark Hopkins 108A




Ph.D., Northeastern University, 2014

M.A., Boston University, 2008

A.B. with Honors, Brown University, 2006


Courses Taught

ENGL 313: Global Anglophone Literature and Language

ENGL 381: African American Literature

ENGL 150: College Writing II

ENGL 441: Faulkner and the Global South

ENGL 250: Introduction to Literature