Dr. Kevin Pelletier
Assistant Professor of English
Whether it appears in the fire and brimstone rhetoric of Jonathan Edwards’ sermons, the doomsday paranoia of the Nuclear Age, or the season-to-season calamities of television’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the apocalypse has endured in the American popular imagination. My current research project examines the apocalypse as one of America’s foundational conceptual categories. In particular, I consider the ways in which representations of apocalypse help to structure and inform nineteenth-century discourses on race and slavery. By carefully attending to the writings and performances of figures such as Nat Turner, David Walker, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass, and Frances Harper, I aim to demonstrate how the apocalypse is a vital, and often inextricable, organizing principle that shapes the way race and slavery are understood in this period.
Grants and Fellowships
Community-Based Learning Faculty Fellowship, Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, University of Richmond, 2009.
Presidential Fellowship, University at Buffalo, SUNY, 2002-2006.
Mark Diamond Research Fellowship, University at Buffalo, SUNY, Summer 2006.
Dissertation Fellowship, College of Arts and Sciences, University at Buffalo, SUNY, Spring 2006.
Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Arts and Sciences, University at Buffalo, SUNY, Spring 2007
Apocalyptic Sentimentalism: Love and Fear in US Antebellum Literature (University of Georgia Press, forthcoming)
"David Walker, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and the Logic of Sentimental Terror."African American Review, forthcoming.
“Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Apocalyptic Sentimentalism.” Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory 20.4 (2009): 266-287.
Rosi Braidotti, Metamorphoses: Towards a Materialistic Theory of Becoming, Review essay, Cultural Critique (Fall 2004).