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"Queer Times Out West: Genres of the Settler Colonial US West, 1868-1912"
My research looks at how late nineteenth and early twentieth-century US frontier literatures--Westerns, regional writing, and literary naturalism--variously repeated and reconfigured contemporaneous narrative orderings of sexuality, offering chronotopes that inclined toward multiple potential futures at a time when US sovereignty out West was not a foregone conclusion. Bringing scholarship on the imbrication of sexuality and US settler colonialism into dialogue with work on temporality in nineteenth-century US literature and culture, my project demonstrates that these frontier literatures deployed narrative form to imagine how the contradictory temporality of white settler sexuality can work for, as well as against, the consolidation of US settler colonialism.
19th Century US Literature
Early 20th Century US Literature
Literatures of the North American West
Gender, Queer, and Sexuality Studies
Settler Colonial Studies
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
“Queer.” Keyword in 50th anniversary special issue of Western American Literature, ed. Tom Lynch, Susan Bernardin, and Krista Comer. (53.1) 2018.
“Heterochronic West: Temporal Multiplicity in Bret Harte’s Regional Writing.” In special issue of Western American Literature: Queer Wests, ed. Tom Lynch and Geoffrey Bateman. (51.2) 2016.
Academic Advisor for The Short Fiction of Bret Harte. Short Story Criticism Series. Gale Cengage. Forthcoming.
Conference Presentations and Activities:
“Jack London’s Klondike Frontier and The Time of Settler Colonial Biopolitics.” Paper forthcoming at the 53rd Annual Conference of the Western Literature Association, St. Louis, MO, October 2018.
“Visual/Verbal Dynamics and American Short Fiction.” Panel chaired at “The American Short Story: New Horizons” Conference hosted by the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, Mainz, Germany, October 2017.
“Jack London’s Klondike Short Fiction and Transpacific Critique.” Paper presented at “The American Short Story: New Horizons” Conference hosted by the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, Mainz, Germany, October 2017.
“Space and Spatiality.” Panel chaired at the 70th Annual Convention of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Salt Lake City, UT, October 2016.
“‘I rec’on it is destined that I shall live single’: Deadwood Dick Dime Novels and the Rhythms of Outlaw Life.” Paper presented at the 51st Annual Conference of the Western Literature Association, Big Sky, MT, September 2016, and at the 70th Annual Convention of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Salt Lake City, UT, October 2016.
“The End(s) of Continental Expansion: Naturalism and Temporality in Frank Norris and Jack London’s Fictions of the North American West.” Paper presented at the 113th Annual Conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Portland, OR, November 2015.
“Heterochronic West: Temporal Multiplicity in Bret Harte’s Regional Writing.” Paper presented at the 69th Annual Convention of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Santa Fe, NM, October 2015, and at the 50th Annual Conference of the Western Literature Association, Reno, NV, October 2015.
“Vergilian Whitman, Whitmanian Vergil: Whitman, Vergil, and a Poetics of Ambivalence.” Paper presented at UC Davis Reception Studies Research Cluster Event on the Cross-Cultural Reception of Vergil, March 2013.
Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz
Theory and Methodology: Introduction to Critical Theory (Summer 2018)
Theory and Methodology: Introduction to Critical Theory (Winter 2017-18)
Advanced Academic Writing: The Significances of the Frontier in the Study of American Cultures: Frontiers, Borders, Transnationality (Winter 2017-18)
University of California, Davis
ENL 10C: Literatures in English III: 1900 to the present (Winter 2017)
ENL 3: Introduction to Literature: Writing about Major Genres and Developments in Literatures in English (Fall 2014 to Winter 2016, Fall 2016)
UWP 1: Expository Writing: Writing in Multiple Genres (Fall 2012 to Spring 2014)
As Teaching Assistant
University of California, Davis
ENL 110B: Introduction to Modern Literary and Critical Theory (Spring 2012)
ENL 182: Literature of California (Winter 2012)
ENL 179A: Topics in Comparative American Literatures: Literature of Asian Diasporas (Fall 2011)
Proofreader, Amerikastudien/American Studies (2017 to 2018)
Teaching Assistant Consultant, UC Davis English Department (Spring 2017)
English Department Representative, UC Davis Graduate Student Association (2012 to 2013)
Modern Language Association
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
Western Literature Association
Ph.D. in Literature, UC Davis, ABD
M.A. in Literature, UC Davis, 2017
B.A. in Literature, minor in Politics, UC Santa Cruz, 2010