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Dr.  Jamie Carr

Dr. Jamie Carr

Associate Professor

Office Location:
Dunleavy Hall, Room 320


Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Rhode Island, 2004
M.A., Northeastern University, 1998
B.A., English, State University of New York at Potsdam College, 1993

Focus of Teaching

Dr. Carr teaches courses in literary theory and methodologies; contemporary Anglophone literatures, particularly with a postcolonial focus; and 19th and 20th C British literature. She frequently teaches the required general education course, Introduction to Literature. Some themes her intro. course has addressed include: the immigrant experience; the Gothic and its resurgence in popular culture; trauma theory; and the question: Why read?

Current research interests

Dr. Carr's most current research examines how literary and cinematic texts redress the social construction of LGBTQ identities as what contemporary philosopher Judith Butler refers to as derealized: a denial of personhood that excludes one from the human community of grievable lives. To recognize that a life is worthy of grief is to apprehend its precariousness, that is, its dependency on others for its survival. It is the recognition of our relatedness to and responsibility for the other.

Current Involvement

Dr. Carr currently serves on Academic Senate, the Outcomes Assessment Committee, the NUB Committee, Conduct Council and as Advisor to the English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta. She has reviewed manuscripts for Modern Fiction Studies, Papers on Language and Literature, Routledge and Continuum Publishing. She volunteers at the Heart, Love and Soul Soup Kitchen of Niagara Falls.