Faculty

Jenny Sharpe


Professer, English and Gender Studies


Contact Information

Email    sharpe@ucla.edu
Office  149 Humanities Bldg
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Jenny Sharpe is Professor of English, Gender Studies, and Comparative Literature. She received a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Texas at Austin.  She taught at Boston College before joining UCLA’s English department in 1993. Her areas of research and teaching are postcolonial studies, Caribbean literatures, gender studies, the novel, literary archives of slavery and empire, and the black Atlantic. Prof. Sharpe is author of Allegories of Empire: The Figure of Woman in the Colonial Text (Minnesota 1993), which provides historically-grounded readings of Anglo-Indian fiction for how the topos of interracial rape helped manage a crisis in British colonial authority. Her book has been widely reviewed and is considered a classic in postcolonial studies. Her second book, Ghosts of Slavery: A Literary Archeology of Black Women’s Lives (Minnesota 2002), challenges the equation of subaltern agency with resistance and self-determination, and introduces new ways to examine black women’s negotiations for power within the constraints of slavery. Prof. Sharpe has published widely on the gendering of the black Atlantic and cultural theories of globalization. Her current research addresses the literary turn in archival studies from the perspective of Caribbean literature that provides black female alternatives to historicism’s linear temporality and the presumed materiality of the archives.

Awards

2009-10: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant for Postcolonial and Transnational Literary Studies Initiative

2007-08: Executive Leadership Fellow

Win/Sp 2004: Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, UC-Riverside

1998-99:President’s Research Fellowship in the Humanities

Win/Sp 1995: Humanities Research Center Fellow, UC—Irvine

1987 - 88: Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Pembroke Center, Brown University

Selected Publications

“When Spirits Talk: Reading Louisiana for Affect,” Small Axe 39 (November 2012): 90-102.

Ghosts of Slavery: A Literary Archeology of Black Women’s Lives. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2003.

Allegories of Empire: The Figure of Woman in the Colonial Text. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993.

“The Middle Passages of Black Migration.” Atlantic Studies 6: 1 (2009): 97-112.  LINK.

“Sweetest Taboo: Studies of Caribbean Sexualities.” Review essay co-authored with Samantha Pinto, Signs 32: 1 (2006): 247-74.

“Gender, Nation, and Globalization in Monsoon Wedding and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.”Meridians 6: 1 (2005): 58-81.  LINK.

“A Conversation with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak: Politics and the Imagination.” Signs 28: 2 (Winter 2003): 609-24.

“Cartographies of Globalisation, Technologies of Gendered Subjectivities: The Dub Poetry of Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze.” Gender and History 15: 3 (2003): 439-58.  LINK.

“Is the United States Postcolonial? Transnationalism, Immigration, and Race.” Diaspora 4:2 (Fall 1995): 181-199.  LINK.

Previous Courses by Term

2014 Spring Quarter

Comparative Approaches to Community and Corporate Internships

2013 Summer Session

Knowledge

Women and Film

Media: Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality

2013 Spring Quarter

Topics in Study of Sexual and Gender Orientation

2012 Summer Session

Introduction to Women's Studies: Feminist Perspectives on Women and Society

Knowledge

Women and Film

2012 Spring Quarter

Special Topics in Women's Studies

Current Research in Women's Studies

2012 Winter Quarter

Current Research in Women's Studies

2011 Summer Session

Women of Color in the U.S.

Senior Research Seminar: Women's Studies

2010 Fall Quarter

Feminist Theories in the Humanities

2010 Winter Quarter

Feminist Theories in the Humanities

2009 Fall Quarter

Topics in Afro-American Literature

2009 Spring Quarter

Topics in Afro-American Literature

2007 Fall Quarter

Topics in Afro-American Literature

2006 Fall Quarter

Variable Topics in Afro-American Studies

Special Topics in Afro-American Studies

2006 Winter Quarter

Feminist Theories in the Humanities

2005 Fall Quarter

Topics in Afro-American Literature

2005 Spring Quarter

Feminist Theories in the Humanities

2005 Winter Quarter

Variable Topics in Afro-American Studies

Special Topics in Afro-American Studies

2003 Fall Quarter

Feminist Theories in the Humanities

2003 Winter Quarter

Topics in Afro-American Literature

2002 Winter Quarter

Topics in Afro-American Literature

2000 Spring Quarter

Topics in Afro-American Literature

Previous Courses by Course

GENDER M195CE
Comparative Approaches to Community and Corporate Internships

2014 Spring Quarter

GENDER M111
Women and Film

2013 Summer Session

GENDER 103
Knowledge

2013 Summer Session

LBR&WS M149
Media: Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality

2013 Summer Session

GENDER M115
Topics in Study of Sexual and Gender Orientation

2013 Spring Quarter

WOM STD 103
Knowledge

2012 Summer Session

WOM STD M111
Women and Film

2012 Summer Session

WOM STD 10
Introduction to Women's Studies: Feminist Perspectives on Women and Society

2012 Summer Session

WOM STD 185
Special Topics in Women's Studies

2012 Spring Quarter

WOM STD 204
Current Research in Women's Studies

2012 Spring Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

WOM STD 130
Women of Color in the U.S.

2011 Summer Session

WOM STD 187
Senior Research Seminar: Women's Studies

2011 Summer Session

WOM STD 110B
Feminist Theories in the Humanities

2010 Fall Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

AFRO-AM M179A
Topics in Afro-American Literature

2009 Fall Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

AFRO-AM C291
Special Topics in Afro-American Studies

2006 Fall Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

AFRO-AM C191
Variable Topics in Afro-American Studies

2006 Fall Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

AFRO-AM M197A
Topics in Afro-American Literature

2003 Winter Quarter

2002 Winter Quarter

2000 Spring Quarter