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Skidmore College
English Department

ParraJamie Parra

Assistant Professor

B.A., New York University
M.A., M.Phil, and Ph.D.; Columbia University

Office: Palamountain 336
Phone: (518) 580-5172

Teaching and Research Interests:

  • 19th-century American literature
  • African American literature
  • Slavery
  • Theories of narrative and the novel
  • Theories of literary character
  • Gender and sexuality studies

Courses Taught:

  • EN 105: The Afterlife of Slavery in Contemporary Literature and Art
  • EN 211: Fiction
  • EN 229: No Place Like Home
  • EN 229: Transcendentalism
  • EN 322: Bad Melville


  • “Bodies of Literature” (review of John Frow’s Character and Person), NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction (forthcoming, 2016)
  • “How to Have Style in an Emergency: Huckleberry Finn and the Ethics of Fictionality,” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists 3.2 (Fall 2015)


  • C3 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Williams College (2015-2016)