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Kirsten Mendoza

Doctoral Candidate

Research Interests: 

The intersections of gender, race, and sexuality in Early Modern drama and literature; representations of coercion and consent; the dynamics of pleasure, self-destruction, and erotic submission.

 

Fellowships and Awards: 

  • John M. Aden Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Writing for "Thou maiest inforce my body but not mee": Masochistic Pleasure of the Bounded Subject in John Marston's The Wonder of Women or The Tragedy of Sophonisba," English Department, Vanderbilt University, 2015
  • Susan Ford Wiltshire Essay Prize Best Graduate Student Essay for "Desiring Blackness: Sexuality and Race in the Two Texts Othello," Vanderbilt University, 2014
  • Women's Caucus Award for Best Feminist Convention Presentation for "Imperfection Made Perfect: The Female Humoral Body in Richard Crashaw's The Weeper," Rocky Mountain MLA, 2013
  • Provost's Graduate Fellowship, Vanderbilt University, 2013 -
  • University Fellowship, Vanderbilt University, 2013 -

 

Select Papers and Projects:

  • Thou maiest inforce my body but not mee": Masochistic Pleasure of the Bounded Subject in John Marston's The Wonder of Women or The Tragedy of Sophonisba," Graduate Center CUNY, "Abiding Cities, Remnant Sites" (November 13-14, 2014)
  • "'Cuckhold! Cuckhold! Cuckhold!' Women's Play and Men Pay in the 1602 Quarto and 1623 Folio Texts of The Merry Wives of Windsor," Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (October 9-11, 2014)
  • "Desiring Blackness: Sexuality and Race in the Two Texts Othello," Alabama Regional Graduate Conference in English (February 14-15, 2014)
  • "From Libertine to Femme Fatale: The Fallen Women in Thomas Southerne's Sir Anthony Love," Newberry Library Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (January 24-26, 2013) [Conference Proceedings - http://newberry.org/sites/default/files/textpage-attachments/2013Proceedings.pdf]

 

Recent Positions and Service:

Teaching Affiliate, Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt Univeristy, May 2015 -

English Graduate Student Association Teaching and Professionalization Liaison, Fall 2015 -

Research Assistant to Professor Vereen Bell, Spring 2015

Women's Caucus Award Committee, Rocky Mountain MLA, 2015

Co-Director, "Race, Gender and Kinship: An Exploration of Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century," Robert Penn Warren Center Graduate Student Led Seminar, Vanderbilt 2014-2015

English Graduate Student Association Treasurer, 2014-2015

Chair and Respondent, English Renaissance and Literature Panel, Rocky Moutain MLA, 2014

Faculty Recreuitment Graduate Committee, Vanderbilt Department of English, Spring 2014

Graduate Student Recruitment Coordinator, Spring 2014

 

Courses Taught:

ENGL 1220W: Drama Forms and Techniques, "Spectacles of Violence in Theatre and Performance"

ENGL 102W: Literature and Analytical Thinking, "Silencing the Body: A Brief Literary History of Consent and Violation"

ENGL 102W: Literature and Analytical Thinking, "Resistance and Power of the Will"