Katra Byram

Dr. Byram’s current research centers around two projects. The first surveys novels and memoirs about mothers and grandmothers of the World War II generation to investigate how gender inflects cultural memory. Studies of two sets of memoirs—one written in the 1970s and 1980s and the other in the 2000s—suggest that changes in memory practice generally attributed to generational shifts can also be read as products of new patterns of gendered memory. The second explores the implications of ecological crisis for concepts of selfhood and the narratives that support it. In particular, it interrogates how eighteenth and nineteenth-century concepts, cultural practices, and narrative forms—from scientific and natural collections to the Bildungsroman—may or may not offer impulses for new stories about and understandings of human selfhood and existence.