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Shelley S. Streeby

Ph.D. (UC Berkeley)


Primary Office: LIT 452
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Email: sstreeby@ucsd.edu
Website: http://ethnicstudies.ucsd.edu/faculty/streeby.html

Director: Clarion Writing Workshop
Affiliated Faculty for Critical Gender Studies Program
Joint Appointment Department of Ethnic Studies
Recipient of UCSD Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Award

UCSD Hellman Fellow

Professor Streeby received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley and her B.A. in English from Harvard University. She recently completed a new book, entitled Radical Sensations: World Movements, Violence, and Visual Culture (Duke University Press, forthcoming January 2013), on transnational movements in U.S. literature and visual culture from 1886, the year of the Haymarket riot in Chicago, through 1927, the year that Marcus Garvey was deported. She is also the author of American Sensations: Class, Empire, and the Production of Popular Culture (University of California Press, American Crossroads Series, 2002), which received the American Studies Association’s 2003 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize. Based on extensive archival research on the literatures and cultures of nineteenth-century expansionism, including dime novels, crime gazettes, story papers, and Spanish-language corridos, this book argues for the centrality of the US-Mexico War (1846-8) and mid-nineteenth-century empire-building in the Americas in the making and unmaking of U.S. mass culture, class, and racial formations. She is also co-editor (with Jesse Alemán) of Empire and the Literature of Sensation: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Popular Fiction (Rutgers University Press, Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the Americas Series, 2007).

Streeby works in the interdisciplinary fields of American Studies and Ethnic Studies, with a specialization in U.S. literary, cultural, and historical studies through the early 20th century. Her teaching and research interests include 19th and 20th century U.S. Literature and Culture; Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies; The Cultures of Sentiment and Sensation; Comparative Colonialisms, War, and Cultural Memory; Gender Studies and Queer Theory; Film, Media, and Visual Culture; Transnational Literatures and Movements; and Fantasy, SF, and Speculative Fiction.  In 2006, she received the Chancellor’s Associates Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. She is Associate Editor of American Quarterly: The Journal of American Studies Association and serves on the editorial board of Literature Compass.

Since 2010, she has directed the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop and is currently working on a new project on space and time in the Octavia Butler archive and alternative worlds and near futures in speculative genres.

Selected Publications


Radical Sensations: World Movements, Violence, and Visual Culture (Duke University Press, forthcoming January 2013).

Empire and the Literature of Sensation: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Popular Fiction. Co-edited with Jesse Alemán. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2007.

American Sensations: Class, Empire, and the Production of Popular Culture. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.

Recent Articles:

"Doing Justice to the Archive: Beyond Literature," Unauthorized States: New Essays in 19th Century American Literary Studies.  Ed. Ivy Wilson and Dana Luciano (New York: NYU Press, forthcoming, 2013)

Co-Author (with Ben Balthaser), "Mass Culture, the Novel, and the American Left," Oxford History of the American Novel, Volume 5. Ed. Michael Elliot and Priscilla Wald (London: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2013)

"Cheap Sensation: Pamphlet Potboilers and Beadle's Dime Novels." The Oxford History Of The Novel in English: American Novels to 1870. Ed. Gerald Kennedy and Leland Person (Oxford Univesity Press, forthcoming 2012)

"Imagining Mexico in War and Romance: Nineteenth-Century US Literature and Visual Culture." Mexico and Mexicans in the Making of the United States. Ed. John Tution (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2012)

"Looking at State Violence: Lucy Parsons, José Martí, and Haymarket." The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century American Literature. Ed. Russ Castronovo (London: Oxford University Press, 2012)

"Dime Novels and the Rise of Mass Market Genres.The Cambridge History of  the American Novel . Ed. Leonard Cassuto (Cambridge University Press, 2010)

"High, Popular, and Mass Culture." A Concise Companion to American Studies. Ed. John Carlos Rowe (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)

"Multiculturalism and Forging New Canons." Blackwell's Companion to American Literature and Culture. Ed. Paul Lauter (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)

"June 1846: James Russell Lowell's Biglow Papers are cut from the newspaper and pasted onto workshop walls all over Boston." A New Literary History of America. Ed. Werner Sollors and Greil Marcus (Harvard  University Press, 2009), 259-263.

"Empire." Keywords for American Cultural Studies. Ed. Bruce Burgett and Glenn Hendler. (New York: NYU Press, 2007), 94-101.

"Labor, Memory, and  the Boundaries of Print Culture: From Haymarket to the Mexican Revolution." American Literary History, Volume 19, No. 2, Summer 2007: 406-433.