Sydney Bufkin Mellon Digital Humanities Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of English

Sydney Bufkin

Leyburn Library M36


B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin


Late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century American literature, particularly African American literature, reception and publishing history, the literature of reform, and digital humanities.


WRIT 100. Writing in Public

ENGL 295. Transforming Literature: Fan Fiction, Literary Mashups, and Other Canon Fodder

ENGL 393A. The African American Historical Novel

ENGL 293C. American Gilded Ages

ENGL 234. Children's Literature: Politics and the Young Adult Novel

WRIT 100. Gender and Genre: The Romantic Comedy from Jane Austen to Trainwreck

ENGL 253. Southern American Literature: Region and the Real South

WRIT 100. Pretty Hurts: Race and Beauty from Claudette Colbert to Beyoncé

ENGL 232. Introduction to the Novel

Selected Publications

“Resisting Naturalism: Purpose and Literary Value in the Reception of Frank Norris’s The Octopus.” Book History 18 (2015): 197-234.

“Beyond ‘Bitter’: Chesnutt’s The Marrow of Tradition.” American Literary Realism 46. 3 (Spring 2014): 230-250.

"'The true and stirring stuff of which romance is born': Dark Princess and the Revolutionary Potential of Literary Form."  Journal of Modern Literature 36. 4 (Summer 2013): 62-76.

"Contending Forces' Intellectual History: Emerson, Du Bois, and Washington at the Turn of the Century." Arizona Quarterly 69. 3 (Autumn 2013): 77-98.