Welcome to Racing Backwards, an early modern race studies blog created by myself, Sydnee Wagner.

About Sydnee Wagner: 

Sydnee Wagner is a PhD Candidate studying early modern English literature and culture at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her dissertation, Outlandish People: Gypsies, Race, and Fantasies of National Identity in Early Modern England, uses critical race theory, queer theory, affect theory, and biopolitics to focus on the construction of England’s white national project through the figure of the Gypsy. By focusing on notions of racial materiality, sexuality, and witchcraft, the dissertation project fleshes out the technologies of race making employed in literary and visual representations of early modern Gypsies. When she’s not busying herself with academic projects, she enjoys singing and writing poetry. Published in Quail Bell Magazine, Drunken Boat Journal, and Bettering American Poetry 2015, Sydnee’s poetry serves as a platform for her to explore familial and queer relationships, mixed race and Roma identity, and other things that take shape in the dark.