My name is Kaye Wierzbicki, and I study the relationship between nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature and the history of America's natural and built environments. I am currently a Junior Fellow in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C. I recently completed my doctoral dissertation, "Garden Work: The Horticultural Formation of American Literature, 1850-1930," at Harvard University's Department of English. In my dissertation, I argue that American authors participate in debates about garden design in order to theorize how literary form might be reconciled with natural or authentic American sites and persons. While at Harvard, I also taught a number of classes, either as a Teaching Fellow or as a Tutorial Leader. The topics of these classes ranged from the cultural history of the U.S. Civil War, to the twentieth-century American novel, to the relationship between theories of time and narrative theory.
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