English and Creative Writing

Nicole Spigner

Assistant Professor

33 E Congress, Rm 300-L
Phone: (312) 369-8145
Email: nspigner@colum.edu

Biography

Dr. Nicole A. Spigner is an Assistant Professor of African American Literature and Culture in the English Department at Columbia College Chicago. She completed her Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University, and M.A. and B.A. at University of Pennsylvania. Her book project, derived from her dissertation, explores how, through Ovidian allusions, themes, and forms, nineteenth-century African American women writers redefined literary convention, gender configurations, and racial identity, giving rise to a new genre of “Black New Women” classicist fiction. Dr. Spigner also engages with and teaches classes featuring black feminist and feminist theories, twentieth-century African American and Caribbean literatures, and nineteenth-century American literature. She also serves as a member of the Executive-Advisory Board of Vanderbilt University’s Issues in Critical Investigation (ICI).

 

Teaching Interests

African American Literature, Nineteenth Century American Literature, Black Feminism, Feminism, Speculative Fiction

Research Interests

Black Classicism, African American Literature, Nineteenth Century American Literature, Black Feminism, Feminism, Speculative Fiction

Degrees

B.A., English University of Pennsylvania 2007
M.A., English University of Pennsylvania 2009
M.A., English Vanderbilt University 2010
Ph.D., English Vanderbilt University 2014

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