• Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Queer Theory
  • Feminist Theory
  • Disability Studies
  • Queer Literature
  • Visual Culture
  • Activism and Social Transformation



“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.