Postdoctoral Writing Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor
I received my Ph.D. in English from Rutgers University, where I was a Jacob K. Javits Fellow, and I received my BA in English and Women's Studies from West Chester University. As a graduate student, I also attended the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. I have long-standing interests in queer theory and culture, affect studies, experimental aesthetics, visual media, and the intersections of law and literature. I teach courses on postmodern and contemporary fiction, theories of gender and sexuality, globalization, and popular culture and digital media. My writing and book reviews have been published in GLQ, Postmodern Culture, symploke, and College Literature.
My primary research project examines forms of “bad reading” in queer experimental writing, from Stonewall to the present. Studying authors as diverse as William S. Burroughs, Samuel Delany, and Jeanette Winterson, the project argues that writers turn to queer experimental writing to challenge the prevailing social protocols for critical reading. Using hallucinatory forms, dispersed narratives, and other experimental styles, these writers expand the affective relations readers can enact with texts. By doing so, they challenge historically specific prohibitions on queer sociability and broaden the available representational modes for queer critique.
I am currently revising this project in my book manuscript, Bad Reading, Bad Writing: Affect and the Politics of Queer Experimental Writing. This project has been supported by multiple grants from the Mellon Foundation. I have recently published an excerpt from the manuscript in GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies.
My Top Link: "Permeable We!: Affect and the Ethics of Intersubjectivity in Eve Sedgwick's A Dialogue on Love" (GLQ)
Courses: Spring 2014, Haverford