Robert and Ruth Lumsden Professor in English; Chair, Graduate Studies
Education: BA, Mount St. Vincent; MA, Dalhousie; PhD, McGill
Selected publications include Curiouser: On the Queerness of Children (co‐edited with Natasha Hurley) (University of Minnesota Press, 2004), Reflecting Narcissus: A Queer Aesthetic (University of Minnesota Press, 2000), Gothic Bodies: The Politics of Pain in Romantic Fiction (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994), and numerous articles on the gothic, queer theory, and dance, including “Still Here: Choreography, Temporality, AIDS,” Queer Times, Queer Becomings, eds. E.L. McCallum and Mikko Tukhanen, Albany, NY (2011): SUNY Press: 317‐34; “Gothic Oklahoma!: The Dream Ballet,” ELN: English Language Notes Special Issue on Affect and Genre, ed. Kelly Hurley, 48:1 (2010): 101‐12; “Cell Phones from Hell,” South Atlantic Quarterly, Special Issue on “Digital Desire,” ed. Ellis Hanson, 110:3 (2011): 601‐20; “The Unbearable Sex of Henry VIII”, Shakesqueer, ed. Madhavi Menon. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2011, 28‐38; “Michael Jackson: Queer Funk,” Queering the Gothic, eds. Andrew Smith and William Hughes. Manchester: Manchester UP, 2009, 158‐76; “Byron and the Choreography of Queer Desire,” Palgrave Advances in Byron Studies, ed. Jane Stabler. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave, 2007, 16‐33; “Nightmare on Sesame Street; or The Self‐Possessed Child,” Gothic Studies 8.2 (2006): 98‐113.
I research things that go bump in the night: ghosts, gay men, sexual children, and gothic dancers. I currently divide my time between two projects: “Only the Dead Can Dance: Choreographies of Mortality,” which considers the role of the danse macabre in gothic choreographic production; and “The Counterfeit Child,” which investigates the hordes of creepy beings who pretend to be children but aren’t, or the hordes of creepy children who pretend to be something other than what they are. Finally, I am the managing editor Horror Studies, an interdisciplinary, international journal dedicated to the study of horror in any media, and am always on the look out for fresh critical blood.
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