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Krista Quesenberry

by rjp218 Feb 12, 2016
Krista Quesenberry

Humanities Initiative Dissertation Fellow


  1. Ph.D. English and Ph.D. Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies – The Pennsylvania State University (expected 2016, currently ABD)
  2. M.A. English – The Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania (2012)
  3. B.A. English – Ball State University, Indiana (2006)


Krista Quesenberry is a fourth-year doctoral student in the dual-title degree program, working in the Department of English and the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research centers on twentieth-century American authors (especially those who expatriated to Paris in the 1920s and 1930s), as well as on lifewriting, scholarly editing, media and publication studies, and gender and sexuality studies. Krista has served as a Research Assistant on the Hemingway Letters Project at Penn State and a Program Assistant for the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, in addition to leadership positions with the English Graduate Organization, the Modernist Studies Workshop, the Public Writing Initiative, and the Penn State President’s Commission for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equity. 


Krista’s dissertation project, “Reading at the Intersection of Modernist, Feminist, and Lifewriting Studies,” draws together three distinct areas of literary scholarship in an effort to improve interdisciplinary approaches to reading American literature of the early twentieth century and to encourage further collaboration among these fields of humanities research and teaching. In this project, she draws on feminist science studies, feminist philosophy and ethics, and feminist literary studies in order to reorient issues of priority and evaluation in humanities scholarship, with the particular aim of holding literary studies accountable to the multidimensional work happening in feminist-studies contexts. Authors whose work is discussed in the dissertation include: Margaret Anderson, Kay Boyle, e. e. cummings, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda Fitzgerald, Janet Flanner, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Ernest Hemingway, Robert McAlmon, Katherine Anne Porter, and Gertrude Stein.