Amy Foley

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Ruane Center for the Humanities 232


Ph.D. - The University of Rhode Island

Brief Biography:

Amy is a recipient of the American Fellowship in literature and philosophy from the American Association of University Women for the 2020-2021 academic year. She was an NEH summer scholar in the virtual institute on Zora Neale Hurston in July 2021 and was sponsored for summer research in the Franz Kafka archives at Oxford University by the Northeast MLA. She writes about modern fiction, phenomenology, architecture, and materiality. Her scholarly work can be found in Modern Language Studies, the Irish Studies Review, the Virginia Woolf Miscellany, Faulkner and Slavery (2021), the Faulkner Journal, Chiasmi International, and MIT’s architecture journal entitled Thresholds. In addition to her primary background in modern fiction and philosophy, she has an undergraduate degree in classical and twentieth century rhetorical theory. She also writes fiction.

Amy's current manuscript in progress, Moving Fiction, Tracing the Body, examines the evolution in representations of the moving body in the novel and its relationship with choice, freedom, and violence. She shows how bodies in motion in the novels of Aphra Behn, Thomas Hardy, Samuel Beckett, and James Baldwin both challenge and anticipate philosophies of moving bodies in the works of Søren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, Hannah Arendt, Gilles Deleuze, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. This work builds on her past writings on movement and perception in William Faulkner, Franz Kafka, James Baldwin, and Virginia Woolf.

Area(s) of Expertise:

Modernism, Transatlantic and Global Twentieth-Century/Contemporary Fiction, African American Fiction, Phenomenology & Continental Philosophy, Aesthetics, Creative Writing (Fiction), Architectural Theory

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