Assistant Professor, English
I specialize in nineteenth-century literature and culture, critical race theory, feminist and queer theory, and Continental philosophy. I have taught in the department of Gender and Women’s Studies at Loyola Marymount University, and the School of Critical Studies at CalArts. My current book project, “Thinking Singularity: Gender, Form, and Difference in the Nineteenth-Century,” offers a new account of the nineteenth-century’s liberal-capitalist development of modern subjectivity. I use literature to articulate a vocabulary of singularity to identify those kinds of individuation--previously unrecognized--that challenge a structural logic of opposition, binaries, and particulars. I further argue that singular subjectivity emerges from forms of relationality that rest on likeness and minimal difference, rather than readily discernible forms of difference. Relations premised on likeness reveal the abstracted liberal-capitalist subject’s gendered and racialized disavowals in narrative and poetic modes that crystallized in the nineteenth-century—Lewis Carroll’s Alice books, Christina Rossetti and Charles Baudelaire’s poetry and prose, and Wilkie Collins’ sensation fiction. At the same time, I argue that literature has the potential to script new models of selfhood and relationality relevant to the contemporary. This project thus engages questions around the consolidation of individualism in the nineteenth century, asking, in particular, what discourses shaped the Victorian conception of an autonomous self, and how literary form enable such conceptions, while also serving as a counter-discourse to them.
With Alicia Christoff (Amherst College) and Amy Wong (Dominican University of California), I am co-editing a special issue of Victorian Studies (forthcoming 2020). My essays and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Victorian Literature and Culture, Syndicate, Nineteenth-Century Literature, ASAP Journal, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New Inquiry, and other publications.
PhD, University of California-Los Angeles, 2015
BA, Cornell University (Magna Cum Laude with distinction in all subjects), 2007
▪ Co-editor, "Critical Race Theory and the Present of Victorian Studies." Special Issue of Victorian Studies (Forthcoming Spring 2020)
Essays and Other Writing
“Precarious Lives: Christina Rossetti and the Form of Likeness.” Victorian Literature and Culture 45.4 (2017).
- “Charles Baudelaire and Feminine Singularity.” French Studies 70:1 (January 2016).
- "Politics, Inclusion, and Social Practice." V21 Collective, 12 December 2016.
- “Thinking Singularity.” V21 Collective, 20 April 2015
- “Alain Badiou in Southern California: A Politics of the Impossible.” Los Angeles Review of Books, 6 February 2014
- Replotting Marriage in Nineteenth-Century British Literature, eds. Jill Galvan and Elsie Michie. Nineteenth-Century Literature 74.1 (2019).
- Penis Envy and Other Bad Feelings. By Mari Ruti. ASAP/J (2018).
- Willful Submission: Sado-Erotics and Heavenly Marriage in Victorian Religious Poetry. By Amanda Paxton. Nineteenth-Century Contexts 40.2 (2018).
- Multimedia Archaeologies: Gabriele D’Annunzio, Belle Époque Paris,and the TotalArtwork by Andrea Mirabile. Comparative Literature Studies 53.1 (2016).
- A Life with Mary Shelley by Barbara Johnson. The New Inquiry, 14 October 2014
- “The Sins of the Fathers: Élizabeth Roudinesco’s Lacan in Spite of Everything.” Los Angeles Review of Books, 1 June 2014.
- “Hitting on Infinity: Mari Ruti’s The Singularity of Being.” Los Angeles Review of Books, 27 August 2013
- Calcutta by Amit Chaudhuri. The Rumpus, 25 April 2013.
Undergraduate Courses (Concordia): 18th and 19th Century Women Writers; 19th-Century Poetry; Literature of the Victorian Period; British Literature from 1660-1900; Victorian and Edwardian Literature; Advanced Topics in Gender and Sexuality (Queer and Feminist Worlds); Gothic Experimentalism: Feminist, Queer, Postcolonial
Graduate Courses (Concordia): Odd Women of the 19th Century: Gender, Form, and Difference (Fall 2018)
Recent Conference Panels Organized and Invited Talks
- "Fin de Sex at the Fin de Siècle? The Recursions of Race, Gender, and Sexuality." MLA 2020
- “Those Other Victorians.” North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA), November 2019
- “Race in/and Victorian Studies.” Dickens Universe, July 2019
- “Expanding the Field.” Northeast Victorian Studies Association Conference (NVSA), April 2019
- “Victorian Poetry and Poetics: Media, Form, Empire.” Poetry Matters, McGill University, March 2019
- “Critical Race Theory and New Directions in Victorian Studies.” MLA, January 2019