Delia Steverson

Assistant Professor

Delia SteversonnDelia Steverson joins the Department of English after earning her Ph.D. from the University of Alabama, where she was awarded the Southern Regional Education Board Dissertation Fellowship. She received her B.A. from Agnes Scott College and her M.A. from the University of Alabama.

Delia’s research interests include African American literature, with a specialization in the 19th century, and Critical Disability Studies. She also is interested in Southern literature and Transnational Feminisms.

Delia has presented her research in conferences both nationally and internationally, including Canada, Scotland, England, and Greece. Her publications include “‘Everything Gray’: Polygenism and Racial Perception in Herman Melville’s Benito Cereno” in the Journal of American Culture, “Zora Neale Hurston’s Radical Racial Politics in Jonah’s Gourd Vine” in The Explicator, and “Madness, Melancholia, and Suicide in Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees” in The South Carolina Review (forthcoming), amongst others. She is currently working on a book project that seeks to reconcile the often overlooked, yet interconnected relationship between race and disability in African American literature.

Delia is an affiliate professor with African American Studies and offers undergraduate courses such as “The Black Subject in 19th Century American Literature and Culture,” “Disability, Narratives, and the Black Body,” and “African American Lit I,” as well as graduate courses on Critical Disability Studies and 19th Century African American Literature.



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