Nicole Camastra has been teaching English at UGA since 2005. Her teaching interests focus broadly on American Literature across different genres, including fiction, poetry, drama, and film. She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Council of Young Scholars for the Hemingway Foundation and Society. In her past life, she was a session cellist and recorded an album with British singer Francis Dunnery (Man, Aquarian Nation, 2000).
Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2012
Her primary research field is early twentieth-century American literature. Her current book project, Nostalgic Sensibilities: Willa Cather, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Musical Romanticism, examines the interface between American Modernist fiction and Romantic music, arguing specifically for Antonín Dvo?ák’s New World Symphony (1893) and Franz Schubert’s Swan Song Lieder (1828-29) as source material for two Modernist novels, Cather’s My Ántonia (1918) and Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night (1934). Her publications include "'I Was Made to Eat': Food and Brillat-Savarin's Genesiac Sense in A Farewell to Arms" (Hemingway Review 33.1 ), "'Waters of the Fountain Salmacis': Metamorphosis and the Ovidian Subtext in William Faulkner's Sanctuary" (Mississippi Quarterly 64.3 ), and "Venerable Sonority in Kate Chopin's The Awakening" (American Literary Realism 40.2 ). Most recently, she published "'A Study in Pain': Musical Variations and Ernest Hemingway's 'The Gambler, the Nun, and the Radio'" in Critical Insights: The American Short Story (Salem Press, 2015).