Kelsey Paige Mason

PhD in English Candidate

Paige Mason is a PhD student interested in nineteenth-century transatlantic literature, where she examines the intersection of utopian and dystopian studies as philosophical concepts and literary genres. She analyzes primary texts from ideological and repressive spaces (such as prisons, plantations, churches, educational facilities, etc.) as well as from utopian communities in the nineteenth-century and draws correlations between these primary texts and utopian/dystopian fiction. She claims the locus of dystopian fiction lies in the nineteenth century, informed by the re-vitalized emergence of travel narratives and bolstered by historical and cultural transformations, and that through a formalist investigation of nineteenth-century utopias/dystopias, one can better understand the origin of the contemporary structure of dystopian fiction seen in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Areas of Expertise
  • Nineteenth-century British literature
  • Nineteenth-century American literature
  • Utopian and dystopian studies
  • MA, English, Auburn University, 2016
  • BA, English, University of Tennessee – Martin, 2013
  • BA, Philosophy, University of Tennessee – Martin, 2013
  • BS Ed, Secondary English Education, University of Tennessee – Martin, 2013

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