Susannah Sharpless


Susannah Sharpless is a PhD candidate in the Department of Literatures in English. Her research focuses on representations of maritime trade and travel in nineteenth-century literature by women. Drawing on oceanic studies, feminist criticism, Black studies, indigenous studies, and poetics, she is particularly interested in expanding recent theorizations of the Atlantic world to recognize the presence of women in the discourses of resistance and romanticism that circulated between ship, port, and home. She also writes poetry, which can be found in Jewish Currents and forthcoming in Bennington Review.

Research Focus

  • Nineteenth-century poetry
  • Poetry and poetics
  • Women's literature
  • African-American literature
  • Maritime literature

ENGL Courses - Fall 2023

ENGL Courses - Spring 2024