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Sunny Stalter-Pace

Sunny Stalter-Pace

Hargis Professor of American Literature



Sunny Stalter-Pace

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9096 Haley Center

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Tuesday, Thursday 11:00 am-12:15 pm or by appointment

About Me

Sunny Stalter-Pace received her PhD from Rutgers University and her BA from Loyola University Chicago. She specializes in the interdisciplinary study of modernist performance, literature, and urban space. Her first book, Underground Movements: Modern Culture on the New York City Subway was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2013. Her current book is under contract with Northwestern University Press, due to be published in May 2020. Titled Imitation Artist: Gertrude Hoffmann's Life in Vaudeville and Dance, this critical biography considers how a vaudeville performer and producer transmitted European culture to American mass audiences.

Research Interests

American studies; 20th to 21st-century American literature; criticism and theory; cultural studies; genre studies; drama; space and place; women's and gender studies; American modernism; visual culture; film



  • Underground Movements: Modern Culture on the New York City Subway, University of Massachusetts Press, December 2013.


  • “Imitation Modernism: Gertrude Hoffman’s 'Russian' Ballets,” forthcoming in Modernism/modernity Print+ cluster, “Modernism on the World Stage.”
  • “Gertrude Hoffmann’s Lawful Piracy: ‘A Vision of Salome’ and the Russian Season as Transatlantic Production Impersonations.” Theatre Symposium 25 (2017): 37-48.
  • “Underground Theater: Theorizing Mobility through Modern Subway Dramas” Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies 5.3 (Winter 2015): 4-22.
  • "'I'm Out and He's In': Nativist Discourse in American Expressionist Drama" Journal of American Drama and Theatre 23.3 (Fall 2011): 77-96. 
  • "The Subway Crush: Making Contact in New York City Subway Songs, 1904-1915." The Journal of American Culture 34:4 (December 2011): 321-331. 
  • “Invisible Threads: Unraveling Infrastructure in Half Century with Cotton” CR: The New Centennial Review 10.1 (Winter 2010): 115-125.
  • “Subway Ride and Subway System in Hart Crane’s ‘The Tunnel’” Journal of Modern Literature 33.2 (Winter 2010): 70-91.
  • “Farewell to the El: Nostalgic Urban Visuality on the Third Avenue Elevated Train.” American Quarterly 58.3 (September 2006): 869-890.

Book Chapters

  • “Urbanization.” American Literature in Transition, 1920-1930. Ed. Ichiro Takayoshi. Cambridge University Press: New York, 2018. 240-256.
  • “The English talent for adopting”:  Imitation, Translation, and Parody in Beatrice Hastings’s New Age Essays.” Beatrice Hastings: On the Life & Work of a 20th Century Master, Eds. Benjamin Johnson and Erika Jo Brown. Pleiades Press: Warrensburg MO, 2016. 204-218.
  • “Hart Crane” A Companion to Modernist Poetry. Eds. David Chinitz and Gail McDonald. Wiley-Blackwell: Hoboken NJ, 2014. 526-535.