Christie Marie Cognevich
MA in English, University of New Orleans
BA in English, University of New Orleans
Areas of Interest
Romantic and Victorian literature, rhetoric, creative writing
Christie is a creative writer and PhD candidate in English literature at Louisiana State University where she taught literature, composition, and women's and gender studies courses from 2012-2016. She currently teaches senior English and creative writing at Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans. In Summer 2017, Christie will be instructing an interdisciplinary literature course for gifted students enrolled in Duke University's Talent Identification Program on LSU's campus. She has presented her scholarly work at conferences across the country and was the inaugural winner of Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Terminal Degree Student Award at LSU in 2015. She also studied abroad several times, taking graduate courses in creative writing (fiction and non-fiction), British and French literature, book history, print culture, and French language in France in 2011 and 2013 and in Canada in 2014. She is currently at work on her dissertation project, Inside Voice: Nineteenth-Century Female Sonneteers and the Emotional Cadence of Silence. This dissertation project serves as an investigation into the emotional-sensory qualities of sonnets of sensibility and an argument for a corrective mode of reading which actually recognizes muteness as a creative language (although this language offers complex challenges to the traditional reading and reception of a poem). This project examines the link between silence and the senses, the poetics of sensibility, and historical understandings of empathy in conjunction with Charlotte Smith’s Elegiac Sonnets, Mary Robinson’s Sappho and Phaon, and other sonneteers of the Romantic and Victorian eras.