- B.A., Reed College
- M.A., The University of Chicago
- Ph.D., Cornell University
My current book project, In the Mouth: Modernism and the Queering of Eating, demonstrates that scenes of eating in modernist literature are sites of queerness, depicting and enacting a kind of pleasure that exceeds normative models. To write about eating is to write about what tastes and feels good, and about how immersion in the sensory and affective textures of everyday life can set the subject aslant from social convention, even at the most conventional of social occasions, the shared meal. Building on an account of queerness that emphasizes not counternormativity but that which operates outside the normative, I argue that the queerness of these scenes is both affective and generic: they both describe and offer unexpected pleasures. As characters exceed the normative boundaries of gustatory taste by enjoying eating in new ways, norms of literary taste are challenged by shifting notions of genre. Here, the movement is doubled: modernism queers the scene of eating, and the scene of eating queers modernism.
While at Haverford, I have also begun work on a second book-length project, tentatively entitled Against the Love Plot, which traces the ways mid-twentieth century women’s fiction resists both normative models of love and normative plotlines that end in marriage.