Postdoctoral Writing Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor
Tyler Bradway received his Ph.D. in English from Rutgers University, where he was a Jacob K. Javits Fellow, and he received his BA in English and Women's Studies from West Chester University. He also attended the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. He has long-standing interests in queer theory and culture, affect studies, experimental fiction, and the intersections of law and literature. He teaches courses on postmodern and contemporary fiction, theories of gender and sexuality, and digital popular culture. His writing has been published in GLQ, Postmodern Culture, symploke, and College Literature.
Tyler Bradway's 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.
He is currently revising this project in a book manuscript, Bad Reading: Affect and the Politics of Queer Experimental Literature. This project has been supported by multiple grants from the Mellon Foundation. An excerpt from the manuscript has recently been published in GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies.