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Elizabeth Sheehan

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Elizabeth Sheehan
Assistant Professor of English
Office: Moreland 318
Phone: 541-737-1650
Email: Elizabeth.Sheehan@oregonstate.edu

Ph.D. University of Virginia (2011)
B.A. Yale University (2002)

Lily Sheehan’s research and teaching interests are in late-19th and 20th century American, African American, and British Literature, with a focus on modernism, visual and material culture, critical race studies, and woman and gender studies. She is working on a book project, tentatively entitled “Modernism à la Mode,” which brings together texts, images, clothing, and fashion theory to argue that fashion defined the terms and reception of modernism’s pursuit of the new and its investment in style as a way to reshape and reimagine identity, community, and political discourse. She also is completing articles on Virginia Woolf’s “frock consciousness” and on debates within the Harlem Renaissance about the politics of fashion.

Sheehan is the co-editor with Ilya Parkins of Cultures of Femininity in Modern Fashion (University of New Hampshire Press 2011), an interdisciplinary collection of essays that explores how fashion shaped multiple cultures of femininity and modernity. To that volume, she also contributed an essay on constructions of race and gender in the photography of James VanDerZee and the fiction of Jessie Fauset. Sheehan previously taught at Ithaca College.

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Writing, Literature, & Film 238 Moreland Hall 541.737.3244
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