Researchers at UCD


Katherine Fama

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of English, Drama & Film
Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: 716 8158


     Dr. Fama is an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) of American Literature in the School of English, Film, and Drama at University College Dublin. Dr. Fama is at work on the Architecture of Singleness. This book project uncovers the reciprocal relationship between the early 20th-century novel, domestic architecture, and the single woman in America. 
     Most recently, Dr. Fama held a Marie Curie Fellowship with the Zukunftskolleg and the Department of Literature, and a Research Fellowship with the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Konstanz, in southern Germany. Dr. Fama has also been the recipient of a Volkswagen Postdoctoral Research Fellowship taken at the Literature Department of the John F. Kennedy Institute for North-American Studies at Free University Berlin, a yearlong NEH grant at Winterthur Museum and Library, and fellowships from Smith College, the Huntington Library, and the Lilly Library. Dr. Fama has served in the Delegate Assembly of the MLA and organized recent panels for the Modernist Studies Association and the American Studies Association.  
     Dr. Fama received her doctorate in English and American Literature (with a certificate in American Culture Studies) from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013. She teaches feminist theory, architecture and literature, sexuality studies, and the modern American novel. Her previous work in narrative theory and modernism can be found in JML; work on architecture, race and single women appears in MELUS. Current projects also include work on class-passing women, and women's narrative accounting at the turn of the century (forthcoming in Studies in American Naturalism).


Honours and Awards

Year: 2013.
Title: Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship
Year: 2013.
Title: Caroline D. Bain Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship
Year: 2013.
Title: W.M. Keck Foundation Fellowship
Year: 2015.
Title: NEH Summer Institute Grant, Bard Graduate Center
Year: 2014.
Title: Volkswagen Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, JFK Insitute for North-American Studies, Free University Berlin
Year: 2014.
Title: FPIRI Research Fellowship, Winterthur Library and Museum
Year: 2015.
Title: Cultural Foundations of Integration Research Fellowship
Year: 2015.
Title: Two Year Marie Skłodowska-Curie International Incoming Fellowship

Conference Contributions

Fama, Katherine A. (2017) Crazy About Building: Single Women's Architectural Affects at the Fin de Siècle, Building Identities Panel. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Irish Association for American Studies Annual Conference, Ulster University, Belfast, Northern Ireland , 28-APR-17 - 29-APR-17.
Fama, Katherine; Lagerwey, Jorie (2017) Conference CoChair. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Single Lives: 200 Years of Women in Literature and Popular Culture, University College Dublin , 13-OCT-17 - 14-OCT-17.
Katherine Fama (2014) Architectural Mobility: Single Women at the YWCA. [Invited Lecture], Caroline D. Bain Colloquium, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northamption, MA, USA , 07-FEB-16 - 07-JAN-14.
Katherine Fama (2015) The Literary Architecture of Singleness: American Fiction & the Production of Women's Independent Space, 1880-1929. [Oral Presentation], Zunkunftskolleg Jour Fixe, Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz , 09-DEC-15 - 09-DEC-15.
Katherine Fama (2015) Architectures of Marital Deferral: Edna Ferber's Mobile Homes and Serial Fictions. [Oral Presentation], American Studies Association Annual Conference:, Toronto, Canada , 08-OCT-15 - 11-OCT-15.
Katherine Fama (2015) Anzia Yezierska's Real Home for Working Girls: From Tenement to Charity Home (and Back). [Oral Presentation], Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA, USA , 19-NOV-15 - 22-NOV-15.
Katherine Fama (2017) Writing Back to the Beautiful Home for Working Girls: Literary Challenges to the Charity Home  . [Invited Oral Presentation], Berkshire Triennial Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities, Hofstra University, New York, USA , 01-JUN-17 - 04-JUN-17.


Year 2013 Institution: Washington Univ Missouri
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Year 2001 Institution: Swarthmore College, PA
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Year 2007 Institution: New York University, USA
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Peer Reviewed Journals

Fama, Katherine A. (2017) 'Domestic Data and Feminist Momentum: The Narrative Accounting of Helen Stuart Campbell and Charlotte Perkins Gilman'. Studies in American Naturalism, 12 (1):105-126. [Details]
Fama, Katherine A. (2016) 'The Single Architecture of Contending Forces: Lodging Independent Women in Pauline E. Hopkins's Little Romance'. MELUS, 41 (4):196-221. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Fama, Katherine A. (2014) 'Melancholic Remedies: Djuna Barnes's Nightwood as Narrative Theory'. Journal of Modern Literature, 37 (2):39-58. Available Online [Details]

Encyclopedia Entry

Fama, Katherine A. (2016) Saint Louis. Bloomington, Indiana, USA: Encyclopedia Entry Available Online [Details]


Research Interests

Dr. Fama co-organizes a Humanities Institute Research Project entitled Architecture and Narrative: The Built Environment in Modern Culture, with Professor Anne Fogarty. The project will run from 2017-2020. 

Dr. Fama also works with Dr. Jorie Lagerwey (Film and Media Studies) to coordinate the Single Lives Research Group at UCD. The group will hold its first conference, "Single Lives: 200 Years of Independent Women in Literature and Popular Culture" on 13-14th October, 2017, at the Humanities Institute.