Kristin Czarnecki

The First Kristin: The Story of a Naming

In The First Kristin: The Story of a Naming, Kristin Czarnecki delves into the unique experience of being named after a deceased sibling: her parents’ first child, who died at age three—eight and a half years before Czarnecki was born. Exploring the first Kristin’s short life, her unexpected death, and what having her name means for her and her family, Czarnecki’s memoir considers this lost sister, this act of naming, and the complicated legacies of even the briefest of lives.

Kristin Czarnecki

Kristin Czarnecki holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati and is  a professor of English at Georgetown College. Currently, she is serving a second term as President of the International Virginia Woolf Society. She has published essays on Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys, Louise Erdrich, Leslie Marmon Silko, Zitkala-Ša, and Samuel Beckett, among others. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Modern Literature, Journal of Feminist Scholarship, College Literature, Journal of Beckett Studies, Woolf Studies Annual, and the CEA Critic as well as in several essay collections. The First Kristin: The Story of a Naming is her first book.

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