Olivia Anne Lafferty

Olivia Anne Lafferty

B.A. English and Creative Writing, Wellesley College, 2018.

B.A. Classical Civilization, Wellesley College, 2018.

Olivia_Lafferty@brown.edu


My research focuses on race and literature in the Americas, including transpacific and transborder narratives. I think about interstitial and transitory spaces of encounter, mixture, becoming, and imagining made possible by sensorial ways of knowing. Crucially, I consider spaces formed in relation or resistance to colonialism, US imperialism, slavery, and the transport of labor to the Americas. I primarily work with twentieth century and contemporary literatures as well as vernacular, family archives and photography.

Research and Teaching Interests:

American Literature and Culture; Colonial and Postcolonial Studies; Literary and Cultural Theory; Race and Slavery; Race and Ethnicity; 20th-Century and Contemporary; Race, Space, and Place