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 focus on modernist American literature and critical theory, particularly the relationship between literary aesthetics and contemporary politics. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Toronto, and her work can be found in JML, Mosaic, and intervalla. She is currently at work on a book project titled Agony on the Divide: Reading America’s Walls. This book reads literary representations of thresholds in American literature from Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” to Thomas King’s “Borders” as a way into contemporary political conversations around incarceration, racial segregation, border security, citizenship, and abortion rights.

Teaching Areas:

American literature, transatlantic modernism, the novel, short fiction, critical theory


(F) ENGL-1003-002 Topics in Literature 

(FW) ENGL-2142-001 Field of Literary and Textual Studies 


Forthcoming: “'Fragments of cloth, bits of cotton, lumps of earth': Object-Oriented Lists in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men." Journal of Modern Literature 45.3 (Spring 2022).

“Aesthetic Unrest: ‘Howl’ and the Literary List.” Forms of List-Making: Epistemic, Literary, and Visual Enumeration, ed. Roman Barton, Julia Böckling, Sarah Link, and Anne Ruggemeir. Palgrave Macmillan, 2022. 171-185. 

“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.