Alyson Brickey


Alyson  Brickey Title: Assistant Professor
Office: 2A50
Building: Ashdown
Phone: 204.786.9880

Alyson Brickey is Assistant Professor in the Department of English. Her teaching and research focuses on nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature and critical theory, particularly the relationship between experimental literary aesthetics and philosophical ethics. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Toronto, and her work can be found in Mosaic: an interdisciplinary critical journal, intervalla, and is forthcoming in the Journal of Modern Literature. She is currently revising her dissertation on the aesthetic category of the list in American literature, and she is also at work on a new book project called America’s Walls. This book reads literary representations of thresholds in American literature from Herman Melville’s 1853 “Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street” to Gloria Anzaldua’s 1987 Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza as a way to engage contemporary American political conversations around incarceration, racial segregation, border security, citizenship, and abortion rights.

Teaching Areas:
American literature, the novel, short fiction, critical theory


(FW) ENGL-1001-001 English 1

(FW) ENGL-3730-001 American Literature

(W) ENGL-4285-001 Modernism

Forthcoming: “'Fragments of cloth, bits of cotton, lumps of earth': Object-Oriented Lists in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men." Journal of Modern Literature.

“Faulkner’s Coffin.” intervalla Special Issue: “Modernist Currents” (December 2016): 143-165.

“‘Advancing necessarily askew:’ The Technology of Mourning in Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking.” Mosaic 48.2 (June 2015): 149-161. Special Conference Proceedings Issue: “A Matter of lifedeath.”

“‘A text in process:’ The Progressive Aspect in Gertrude Stein's The Making of Americans.” The English Languages: History, Diaspora, Culture. Vol. 3 (2012): 1-11.