Marissa Jane Kessenich

Office Hours: Wednesdays, 2pm–4pm (Bryan 132) and by appointment (via Zoom). Appointments can be requested at
Class Schedule: W 5pm–5:50pm, W 6pm–6:50pm
On Research: I am a doctoral candidate in the English department at the University of Virginia. My dissertation centers on historical recovery as an impulse within African American literature, especially regarding how Black writers address and attempt to rectify the power imbalance that stems from a historical record that misrepresents and elides Black life and Black subjectivity. I am specifically drawn to Black women’s literary works as well as Black feminist theory and methods, as they highlight the multiple overlapping webs of power at play at every level of study—archive creation, archival study, historiography, and narrative formation (i.e. “master narratives”).