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First-Year English


Katelyn Porubsky

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Assistant Director of FYENGL
First Year English
University of South Carolina

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Katelyn Porubsky (M.A. University of Iowa, 2011) is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in English with a focus on 19th c. British literature. As an AD for FYENGL, she constructed the English 101 syllabus for fall 2016 and is helping to edit The Carolina Reader for English 101 for fall 2017. Her dissertation focuses on what she calls “sympathetic barriers;” sympathetic barriers, she posits, read as narrative failures, since the reader’s identification with the text’s protagonist has been obstructed. But through this very obstruction, she argues, readers come to better understand the ins and outs of sympathy, or why they feel compelled to sympathize at all. More generally, she approaches Victorian literature from the theoretical perspectives of Marxism, feminism, and affect studies. Katelyn has presented papers at the British Women Writers Conference, the Victorian Institute Conference, the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, and the Nineteenth Century Studies Association Conference.