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Kathryn Fleishman

Kathryn Fleishman is a PhD student in English at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is also completing a designated emphasis in Film & Media Studies. Fleishman received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania in English and Italian Studies in 2006 and her MA in English: Issues in Modern Culture at University College London in 2010.
Fleishman's work focuses on fictions after 1945, with particular attention to issues of gender and sexuality, readerly affect, narrative theory, developments in popular film and television, Cold War cultures, and ethnic and immigrant literatures of the United States.

She has presented her work at various conferences, including “Crossing Borders & Collapsing Boundaries: Native Americans and the Revisionist Narrative in Thomas Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon and Leslie Marmon Silko’s Almanac of the Dead" at the 2011 American Comparative Literature Association meeting in Vancouver, Canada and “‘Watching Her Stories’: TV as Historical Narrative in Mad Men” at the 2012 Yale Conference on Television in New Haven, CT.

She can be contacted at kmfleish@gmail.com.