Nicole C. Livengood
Title: Associate Professor
Education: Ph.D. in American Literature, Purdue University, 2007; Master of Arts in English, Purdue University, 2002; Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science, University of Minnesota, Morris, 1999.
Research Interests: My current research project focuses on women’s bodies in nineteenth-century American sensational texts, especially trial reports. General research interests include nineteenth-century women authors, especially Elizabeth Stoddard, Julia Ward Howe, and Lydia Maria Child; slavery and literature; intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality; and disability studies.
Recent Publications: “Freakery and the Discursive Limits of Be-ing in The Hermaphrodite.” Legacy: Women Writing Disability. 31.1 (2013): 40-61.
“The Female Body and ‘Sin[s] Against Convention’ in Elizabeth Stoddard’s Daily Alta California Newspaper Columns.” Studies in American Humor 3.24 (2011): 31-44.
Courses (Fall 2014): The Early American Survey, 1500-Civil War; Diversity in Literature; Introduction to Composition
Courses (Spring 2015): I will be on sabbatical!
Phone: (740) 376-4379
What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?
I use my assignments and readings to try to nurture curiosity and engagement, and to help students make our materials relevant to their own lives while also developing transferable skills that will serve them well in the world of work, no matter what their future field. Depending on the course theme, this may mean using Special Collections documents to make the history of Slavery and Abolition in Ohio come alive for the Marietta College community; field trips to Cincinnati’s Underground Railroad Freedom Center or to the local Mound Cemetery; or creative projects that ask students to make connections between and among our texts and the centuries.
What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?
Marietta students and faculty are so engaged. There is a lot of synergy and collaboration inside and outside of the classroom.
When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?
Being outside with my dog, Zoey; experiencing new places and restaurants; reading thrillers and stuff written by actual real-live people!
Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?
I prefer a real book, of course! Although I love that a lot of the books I read are available online or free on Kindle because I would not be able to study them, otherwise.
What is your favorite location on campus and why?
The grassy area behind Harrison Hall is a good place to take a deep breath and reflect.
What is your favorite Marietta College event?
I look forward to the Student Art shows and the theater productions. We have such talented students!