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Christine Sizemore, Ph.D.

Title: Professor of English, Department of English
Email: csizemor@spelman.edu
Office: 404-270-5577; fax, 404-270-5581
Location: Cosby 309

Educational Background:
University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. 
University of Florida, M.A. 
Duke University, B.A.

Research Interests
Christine Sizemore started her career with a dissertation in the Renaissance and still teaches “Shakespeare” and “History of the English Language,” but her current research interests include modern and contemporary British literature, postcolonial literatures in English, women’s writings and urban literature. Her more recent publications focus particularly on women’s novels and make use of feminist, postcolonial and cultural theory.

Courses

  • Eng. 280 Introduction to Literary Studies
  • Eng. 310 Shakespeare
  • Eng. 320 History of the English Language 
  • Eng. 321 Twentieth-Century British Literature 
  • Eng. 419B Seminar in the Twentieth-Century British Women’s Novel 
  • Eng. 432 Seminar: Stages in Women’s Lives in Postcolonial Novels

Books
Negotiating Identities in Women’s Lives: English Postcolonial and Contemporary British Novels, Greenwood Press, 2002.

A Female Vision of the City: London in the Novels of Five British Women, Univ. of Tenn. Press. 1989.

Recent Articles
“Cosmopolitanism From Below in Mrs. Dalloway and ‘Street Haunting’”.Woolf and the City: Selected Papers from the Nineteenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf. Eds. Elizabeth Evans and Sarah Cornish. Clemson, S.C.: Clemson:         Clemson University Digital Press, 2010. 104-110.           

 “The Return to Hijab in Nadine Gordimer’s The Pick-Up and Leila Aboulela’s  Minaret­.” Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies 15.2 (2008): 70-83.

In Pursuit of the English: Hybridity and the Local in Doris Lessing’s First Urban Text.”  Journal of Commonwealth Literature .43.2 (2008): 133-144.

“Willesden as a Site of ‘Demotic’ Cosmopolitanism in Zadie Smith’s Postcolonial City Novel White Teeth.Journal of  Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies. 12.2 (2005): 65-83.

“Patterns of Aging in the Ninth Stage of Life: The Diary of a Good Neighbour.” Doris Lessing Studies  24 (2004): 36-39.

"When Everything Else is Done and Dusted’: An Interview with Barbara Burford, Scientist And Writer, Bradford, England August 6, 1998." Macomère: Journal of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars. 2 (1999): 23-35.

"Negotiating Between Ideologies: the Search for Identity in Tsitsi Dangarembga's Nervous Conditions and Margaret Atwood's Cat's Eye." Teaching African Literature. Eds. Tuzyline Allan & Florence Howe, Women's Studies Quarterly 25 (1997): 68-82.

 "Virginia Woolf as Modernist Foremother in Maureen Duffy's Play A Nightingale in Bloomsbury Square," Unmanning Modernism:Gendered Re-Readings. Eds. Elizabeth Jane Harrison & Shirley Peterson. Univ. of Tenn. Press, 1997, 117-132.

"The London Novels of Buchi Emecheta." Emerging Perspectives on Buchi Emecheta. Ed. Marie Umeh. Lawrenceville, N.J.: Africa World Press, 1996: 367-385.