RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Queer Theory
  • Feminist Theory
  • Disability Studies
  • Queer Literature
  • Twentieth Century British Literature
  • Modernist Studies
  • Visual Culture

 

RECENT PROJECTS

"Flung Out of Space: A Neuroqueer Reading of The Price of Salt"

"Girls Like Us: Transgender Girlhood in the Memoirs of Janet Mock and Jazz Jennings"

"Redressing Radclyffe Hall: The Critical Legacy of The Well of Loneliness"

"Returning to The Well: Radclyffe Hall and the Marketing of Lesbian Pulp Fiction", a collaboration with Dr. Ann Martin of the University of Saskatchewan. Utilizing the resources of the Neil Richards Collection of Sexual and Gender Diversity, this reception history identifies ways Hall's cultural status and the legacy of her most famous novel The Well of Loneliness have been used in the marketing of post-1950 lesbian pulp fiction. 

 

DISSERTATION

“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.