Victoria PapaDr. Victoria Papa

Assistant Professor, English/Communications


About Me

My teaching and research areas include 20th- and 21st-century Multiethnic Literatures, Trauma Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Visual Culture. As a professor, I enter the classroom eager to learn alongside my students as our class unfolds. I view the study of literature as well as other kinds of “texts”—visual art, new media, music—as a creative act in and of itself. In my courses, students engage in a dynamic dialogue with a diverse set of storytellers and critics: speaking to, with, and back at them. I assure my students that because we all have unique and ever-evolving lives, perspectives, and voices, each and every interaction with a text holds the potential for new and powerful insights.

Description of Special Projects/Activities

I have designed several innovative courses that incorporate new media and visual culture in the classroom such as "Visions and Voices: Multiethnic Literature and Art" and "Creativity and Survival" as well as a digital humanities, community based course with Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive .  I have worked as an editorial assistant for Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society . Currently, I oversee MCLA's symposium initiative and online journal, The Mind’s Eye. 

Research/Creative Interests

My research is interested in the relationship between creativity and the survival of trauma—not only trauma rooted in specific events but also “everyday” traumas linked to oppression. I am currently at work on a book project that explores quotidian trauma and what I deem"aesthetics of presence” in 20th- and 21st-century writing and art. This project offers an account of survival’s link to creativity through an examination of the haptic dimensions of inhabited time.


"Embodied Haunting: Aesthetics and the Archive in Toni Morrison's Beloved" in Madness in Black Women's Fictions: Aesthetics of Resistance and the Practice of Diaspora. Ed. Caroline Brown and Johanna Garvey. London: Palgrave Macmillan. (2017)

“Something In between, Something So Deeply Swaying: Contemporary Modes of Mourning in Anne Carson’s Nox." (in preparation)

Review of Rebecca Walsh. The Geopoetics of Modernism. Literature and History. May 2017.


"Black Utopias," Roundtable Organizer, Associated Study for the Arts of the Present, New Orleans, October 2018

"Economies of Loss: Elegy at Gift in Anne Carson's Nox," Modern Language Association, New York City, January 2018

"Possibilities of the Public Humanities," Roundtable Participant, Modern Language Association, New York City, January 2018

"Diagnosing Modernism: Then and Now," Seminar Organizer, Modernist Studies Association 19, Amsterdam, August 2017

Contact Information

Office: Mark Hopkins 108A




Ph.D., Northeastern University, 2016

M.A., University of Albany, SUNY, 2006

B.A., Saint Anselm College, 2005


Course Taught

"Creativity and Survival" (Spring 2019)

"Gender and Global Modernisms" (Fall 2018)

"Visions and Voices: Multiethnic Literature and Art" (Spring 2018)

"Introduction to Literature" (Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019)

"College Writing II" (Fall 2017, Fall 2018)