Samaine Lockwood

Samaine Lockwood

Samaine Lockwood

Director of Undergraduate Programs

Associate Professor

Literature: nineteenth-century American literature; gender and sexuality studies; research methods; queer theory

Lockwood specializes in nineteenth-century American literature and gender and sexuality studies. Her book, Archives of Desire: The Queer Historical Work of New England Regionalism (UNC Press 2015), redefines New England regionalism as a set of cultural practices that included not only fiction writing but colonial home restoration, china collecting, history writing and other colonial revivalist activities. She argues that in their meditations on New England's colonial past, nineteenth-century women writers, photographers, and colonial revivalists presented the queer, unmarried daughter of New England as a figure crucial to remembering and producing US history. She is currently working on a book in which she examines how between Reconstruction and the end of the Harlem Renaissance African-American and Anglo-American women writers used white-dominant histories of Western civilization in their work to imagine differently conceived queer and feminist futures, futures that were variously focused on racial justice, inter-class white supremacist sorority, women's enfranchisement, and women's mobility in the world. 

Selected Publications

“Queer Critical Regionalism.” The Cambridge Companion to Queer Studies, edited by Siobhan Somerville, Cambridge University Press, 2020, pp. 228-240.

"Normands cosmopolites dans la Nouvelle-Angleterre régionaliste de Sarah Orne Jewett." Romantisme 181 (2018): 73-84.

Archives of Desire: The Queer Historical Work of New England Regionalism. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015.

"Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Colonial Revival." Legacy 29.1 (2012): 86-114.

"Shopping for the Nation: Women's China Collecting in Late-Nineteenth-Century New England." The New England Quarterly 81.1 (2008): 63-90.