Vicki Vanbrocklin

Vicki Van Brocklin


American Literary Studies

Research Areas

Gender Studies, American Literature, 19th century women's literature


Contact Information

Office Location: Humanities 255


Vicki Vanbrocklin won the 2021 Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship, the 2021 Center for Regional Studies Fellowship, and was a runner up for the 2021 Deans Graduate Dissertation Fellowship.

Her dissertation, More than the Defiant Few: Lost Womanhood and Necro Women Dismantling Nineteenth-Century Gender Ideologies, calls to question the lack of a more normative form of nineteenth-century womanhood outside of True Womanhood. She creates a ground-breaking category that includes women that would not or could not access a white middle-class form of womanhood, like True Womanhood, that depended on coloniality and patriarchy to define itself. This new category, Lost Womanhood, begins with black women who reveal that women have sought and created alternate forms of womanhood that acknowledge the successes of rebellious women. This new category normalizes their so-called unruly behavior when gender and literary studies have framed Black, Mexican, and indigenous women as victims of coloniality and slavery rather than changemakers. Lost Womanhood reframes their rebellious acts on their terms rather than as responses to whiteness.

She has two forthcoming articles. The first, “The Sacred and Feminist Space of Loss: Susan Shelby Magoffin and Abortion,” will be published in Women’s Studies. Her second article, “More than the Defiant Few: Lost Womanhood and the Outskirts of Nineteenth-Century Gender Ideologies,” will be published in the edited collection, A Space of One’s Own: Female Space and the Political and Artistic Body.

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