J.C. Sibara (Jay)

Assistant Professor of English

Office: Miller Library 221 [ campus map ]
Phone: 207-859-5288
Fax: 207-859-5252
Sibara, J.C.


PhD, English with a Certificate in Gender Studies, University of Southern California

MA, English, University of Southern California

BA, English with a Minor in Philosophy and a Concentration in Interpretation Theory, Swarthmore College

Areas of Expertise

  • Multi-ethnic US literatures
  • Comparative studies of race and ethnicity
  • Disability studies
  • Environmental humanities
  • Gender and sexuality studies
  • Medical humanities
  • Transnational American studies

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
EN120N ALanguage, Thought, and Writing: Critical Inquiries in Medical Ethics
EN256 AStudies in American Literary History: Civil War to the Present
EN341 AAmerican Realism and Naturalism: Then and Now
EN370 ALiterature and Medicine: Voices from the Margins
EN422 AQueer Theory and U.S. Literatures and Cultures

Other Courses Taught

CourseCourse Title
EN341American Realism and Naturalism: Then and Now
EN398Disability in Modern and Contemporary US Literature and Culture
EN493Beyond Borders: Narratives of Crossing

Professional Information

Personal Website: https://colby.academia.edu/JaySibara


Peer-Reviewed Publications

"Disability and Dissent in Ann Petry's The Street." Literature and Medicine 36.1 (2018): 1-26.

Disability Studies and the Environmental Humanities: Toward an Eco-Crip Theory. Co-edited with Sarah Jaquette Ray. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2017.

“Disease, Disability, and the Alien Body in the Literature of Sui Sin Far." MELUS: The Journal of the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 39.1 (2014): 56-81.

Other Publications

"Three Bullets." Short story. Moss: A Journal of the Pacific Northwest. 2019.

“’From the Periphery Towards the Center’: Locating an Alternative Genealogy for Disability Studies in Audre Lorde’s The Cancer Journals.” UCLA Center for the Study of Women and Gender. Thinking Gender Papers. University of California eScholarship, California Digital Library, 2009.


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