Gender and Sexuality Studies
Twentieth Century Literature
Activism and Social Justice Movements
“Catching Up with Art Critic Chris Kraus in Portland,” Oregon Arts Watch
“Queer Literary Criticism and the Biographical Fallacy” engages with three fields of inquiry within literary studies: queer theory, modernist studies, and author theory. By looking at the critical reception of four iconic queer modernist authors – Oscar Wilde, Henry James, Radclyffe Hall, and Virginia Woolf– the dissertation investigates the relation between criticism and the figure of the author. Queer criticism-- despite its fundamental critique of identity—relies on the identity of the author when it blurs the distinction between the literary text and the author’s biography. Ultimately this work provides a deeper understanding of the queer relation to the modernist author and the critic’s relation to the author’s biography.