Oregon State University

Elizabeth Sheehan

Assistant Professor of English

Oregon State University
Moreland 318
2550 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331 USA
Tel: 541-737-1650
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  • 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, provisionally titled “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 in Europe and North America from 1850 to 1940. To that volume, she also contributed an essay on how dress mediates between futurity and nostalgia in the photography of James VanDerZee and the fiction of Jessie Fauset. Sheehan previously taught at Ithaca College.

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