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Bryan Sinche, PhD

Associate Professor


English Department

Auerbach Hall 204E



PhD - University of North Carolina
MA - University of North Carolina
BA - University of Michigan

Bryan Sinche teaches and writes about antebellum American literature and pre-1900 African American literature, and his work has appeared or will appear in In Search of Hannah Crafts: Critical Essays on The Bondwoman’s Narrative, Literature in the Early American Republic, and African American Review. Sinche is writing a book tentatively titled Slave, Savage, and Citizen: Sailors in Nineteenth-Century American Literature, a project that has been supported by numerous internal and external grants. Slave, Savage, and Citizen explores the fraught concept of national belonging in antebellum writings about the sea and sailors. This wide-ranging work treats narratives, fiction and poetry by a diverse group of writers that includes former sailors like Herman Melville and Richard Henry Dana, former slaves like Frederick Douglass, and concerned reformers like Hartford’s own Lydia H. Sigourney.