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Sal (Sarah) Nicolazzo


Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania)

Assistant Professor

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Email: snicolazzo@ucsd.edu

Teaching and Research Interests:

Law and literature, British literature of the long eighteenth century, transatlantic and colonial American literature, gender and sexuality studies, race and empire, the history of economic thought.

Sal Nicolazzo received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. She specializes in law and literature in the eighteenth-century British Empire. Her current book project, “Vagrant Figures: Law, Literature, and the Origins of the Police,” examines the narrative, textual, and rhetorical practices that shaped the purview and scope of policing in the Anglo-American legal sphere long before the establishment of the modern metropolitan police force, arguing that the legal and imaginative category of vagrancy profoundly shaped the emergent codification of police power.

Selected Publications:

"Lyric Without Subjects and Law Without Persons: Vagrancy, Police Power, and the Lyrical Tales,” Criticism (forthcoming).

"Henry Fielding's The Female Husband and the Sexuality of Vagrancy," The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 55.4 (2014).

"Reading Clarissa's ' Conditional Liking:' A Queer Philology," Modern Philology 112.1 (2014).