Dr. Victoria Papa

Assistant Professor, English & Communications

Victoria Papa
(413) 662-5275
Mark Hopkins Hall Rm 108A


Ph.D., Northeastern University

M.A., University of Albany, SUNY

B.A., Saint Anselm College

Courses Taught

MASS MoCA Immersion

Introduction to Visual Culture

Senior Seminar: Literature & the Body

Creativity & Survival

Visions & Voices: American Ethnic Literature & Art

Critical Reading: New Modernisms

Gender & Global Modernisms

Introduction to Literature


About Me

My research and teaching examines the intersections of care, creative expression, and the survival of structural traumas in American literature and visual culture from the modernist period to the present. In 2020-2022, I am a Visiting Scholar at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center. 

Research Interests

My book project, Aesthetics of Survival: Modernist Literature and Minoritarian Worldmaking traces an alternative history of modernism and crisis to argue that peripheral modernists wrote out of the experience of systemic oppression to expand representations of trauma beyond fractured narratives of war. I am the co-creator and co-director of a public humanities and arts project, CARE SYLLABUS—a multimodal and justice-centered education resource that I have developed with the contemporary art museum, MASS MoCA. 


Care and the Contingencies of Critique,” ASAP/J (2021)

Clean, Original, Primitive”: Sexual Radicalism, Race Consciousness, and the Case of Harlem’s Queers,” Modernism/modernity Print+ (2021)

The Art of Care: Susannah Cahalan on Madness, Diagnosis, and COVID-19,” Public Books (2020)

"Embodied Haunting: Aesthetics and the Archive in Toni Morrison's Beloved" in Madness in Black Women's Fictions: Aesthetics of Resistance and the Practice of Diaspora. Ed. Caroline Brown and Johanna Garvey. London: Palgrave Macmillan (2017)

Review Essay of Matte Robinson’s The Astral H.D: Occult and Religious Sources and Contexts for H.D.’s Poetry and Prose. Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature (2017)

Review Essay of Rebecca Walsh’s The Geopoetics of Modernism. Literature and History. (2017)


“Caremaking: Beyond Dynamics of Give and Take,” ASAP/12, Virtual, October 2021

“Care Practices: A Panel Discussion,” The Wattis Institute at California College of the Arts, Virtual, May 2021

“Institutions & the Crisis of Care,” College Art Association, Virtual, February 2020 

“Trauma Studies: A Prognosis, Modern Language Association, Virtual, January, 2020

“Modernism and the Minor.” Modernist Studies Association, Toronto, CA, October, 2019