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Patricia Roylance

Patricia Roylance


Associate Professor
English

pjroylan@syr.edu

427 Hall of Languages
315.443.2173


Patricia Roylance received her B.A. from Harvard University in 1998, and her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2005. Her teaching and research interests include early Americas literature and culture; nationalism, transnationalism and comparative colonialisms; geography; temporality and history; and print culture and the history of the book. Her book, Eclipse of Empires: World History in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature and Culture (University of Alabama Press, 2013), examines anxious U.S. attitudes toward the failed empires of Italy, Peru, Spain, the Netherlands and Native America. She is currently at work on a second book, tentatively titled The Timescapes of Nineteenth-Century U.S. Media, which tracks the shifting meanings of cultural artifacts such as John Winthrop’s Journal and the story of Uncle Tom’s Cabin as they move through varying media forms.

 

Areas of Supervision

Professor Roylance is willing to supervise graduate projects dealing with early American literature and culture, American literature and culture more generally, transnationalism and colonialism, material culture and the history of the book.

Recent Courses

Undergraduate
ETS 117: Survey of American Literature to 1865
ETS 242: Reading and Interpretation
ETS 305: History of the Book
ETS 310: American Beginnings
ETS 310: The American Renaissance
ETS 350: The Literature of Revolution

Graduate
ENG 630: Early America
ENG 730: History of the Book