Faculty and Staff

Jennifer Slivka

Jennifer Slivka

Associate Professor of English
Director of the Women's Resource Center


B.A., The Pennsylvania State University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Miami

Office Location: Batten Athletic Suite 4
Phone: 757-757-455-3268
Email: jslivka@vwu.edu
- English
- Women's and Gender Studies

Jennifer Slivka earned her master's and doctorate in English at the University of Miami and a bachelor's degree in English and Journalism from The Pennsylvania State University. Her research and teaching interests include twentieth-century and contemporary British and Irish literature, contemporary postcolonial literature, women's writing and gender studies, world literature, and critical theory. Some of her recent scholarly presentations include papers on Edna O'Brien, James Joyce, the destruction of the home in Northern Irish Troubles literature, and changing definitions of "Irishness" within contemporary Irish fiction by women.

Slivka, Jennifer A. "Irishness and Exile in Edna O'Brien's Wild Decembers and In the Forest." New Hibernia Review 17.1 (Spring 2013): 115-131.

Slivka, Jennifer A. “History and the ‘I’ Trapped in the Middle: Negotiating the Past in Roth's The Ghost Writer and The Plot Against America.” Philip Roth Studies 8.2 (Fall 2012): 127-144.

Slivka, Jennifer A. Review of The Disappointed Bridge: Ireland and the Post-Colonial World by Richard Pine. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014. James Joyce Literary Supplement 30.1 (May 2016).

Slivka, Jennifer A. Review of James Joyce and the Revolt of LoveMarriage, Adultery, Desire by Janine Utell. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 55.1 (2012): 120-124.

Slivka, Jennifer A. Review of Wild Colonial Girl: Essays on Edna O’Brien. Eds. Lisa Colletta and Maureen O'Connor. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2006. New Hibernia Review 12.1 (Spring 2008): 157-58.

Women's writing and gender studies
Twentieth-century and contemporary British and Irish literature
Contemporary postcolonial literature and theory

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Approaches to Literary Study;Feminist and Gender Theory;Feminist and Gender Theory


College Writing;Contemporary British Lit;Women in Culture and Society;TU: Transnational Feminism