Amy R. Wong, PhD

Amy began teaching at Dominican in Fall 2015. Before her career in academia, she was a public school teacher in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, specializing in English Language Learner (ELL) education. At Dominican, she teaches in a variety of areas, from literature and writing to core, honors, and Service-Learning courses. Her courses have covered such topics as nineteenth-century British literature, children's literature, dystopian science fiction, literary monstrosity, critical media studies, reading popular media, the study of film and drama, and expository writing through the lens of identity formation and community engagement. Her teaching philosophy emphasizes the classroom as a democratic space for shared growth where all are teachers and learners. She is also committed to a rigorous, presentist pedagogy that connects the humanities to our lived experiences in the 21st century. Outside of teaching, she serves on the Diversity Action Group and the Global Learning Committee.

Education

UCLA, PhD, English
Long Island University, MSc, Education
Harvard College, BA, History and Literature

Research Interests

Amy’s primary areas of research and expertise include Victorian literature and culture, media theory, critical race studies, and especially anticolonial approaches to literary studies. Her book project in progress, Refiguring Speech: Late-Victorian Fiction and the Poetics of Talk, examines how figurations of talk in late-Victorian fictions of empire can disrupt a seemingly self-evident truth about speech: that words originate in and belong to single bodies. By turning attention to talk’s communal ownership and embeddedness within the material, social world, Refiguring Speech seeks to unravel colonialist thinking about property and embodiment that underlies the logic of speech, and to theorize, via talk, alternative forms of political participation. 

Amy is also a co-editor of the recent special issue, “Undisciplining Victorian Studies” in Victorian Studies (with Ronjaunee Chatterjee and Alicia Mireles Christoff, 2020). Her other publications may be found or are forthcoming in Mediations, Narrative, Victorian Review, Modern Philology, SEL: Studies in English Literature, Studies in the Novel, Literature Compass, ASAP Journal, Post45, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Public Books.

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