I am currently a visiting assistant professor of German Studies at Vassar College, where I teach elementary and intermediate German as well as courses on 20th-century literature, film and digital media, city spaces, and gender and sexuality.
You can find my academic CV here.
My current book project, The Times of Their Lives: Queer and Female Modernism, 1910–34, analyzes the processes by which temporality and sexuality condition each other—how the rhythms of erotic desires mold time and how time inflects sexuality—in the modernism of women and queers. The project is positioned at the intersection of literary studies, Frankfurt School philosophy and sociology, and queer and feminist studies. Through the prose of Robert Musil, Annemarie Schwarzenbach, Klaus Mann, Siegfried Kracauer, and Marieluise Fleißer, I demonstrate how female and queer subjects emerge in modernist literature in the unique interplays between time and sex. Their emergence generates liberatory spaces of self-determination within literature against the pressure of social forces. My research contributes to a new turn in German Studies away from “queering” the canon to studying previously ignored queer authors and texts. In doing so, I intervene in central debates around modernism, the agency of texts in making meaning, and core concepts in queer and feminist theories such as desire, subjectivity, and identity.
I am at the beginning stages of a new, transnational research project that looks at frivolity, fantasy, and queerness in the literature, visual art, film, and music of 1910s and 1920s Germany, France, Great Britain, and the United States. Amidst war, revolution, modernism, and New Objectivity, why did so many queer artists and writers of this period embrace seemingly silly, effete, and popular topics, genres, and aesthetic forms? What does it mean to create “frivolous” art, and how do frivolity and fantasy intersect with non-normative forms of gender and sexual identity and expression? How can investigating these figures and their works of art retell stories of modern Western culture and society? Included in this study are: Klaus and Erika Mann, Annemarie Schwarzenbach, Jeanne Mammen, Ronald Firbank, Charles Demuth, Carl Van Vechten, Florine Stettheimer, Charles Henri Ford, Marcel Vertés, and Raymond Radiguet.
Scholarly Publications & Book Reviews
“Continuity and Rupture in Queer Studies, or, Klaus Mann’s Der fromme Tanz,” in “Rupture, Slowness, Untimeliness: Queer Time and History in German Studies,” special issue of Monatshefte 114, no. 3 (Fall 2022). (forthcoming)
“In der Zwickmühle der Zeit: Marieluise Fleißer’s Mehlreisende Frieda Geier (1931) and the Non-Simultaneities of Gendered Subjectivity,” The German Quarterly 94, no. 4 (Fall 2020): 466-483. (Link here.)
“The Role of Reading and Queer Citizenship in Early Twentieth-Century Germany,” Queer Print Cultures, eds. Vance Byrd and Javier Samper Vendrell, University of Toronto Press, 2022. (forthcoming)
Robert Walser: A Companion, eds. Samuel Frederick and Valerie Heffernan (Northwestern UP, 2018), in Studies in Twenty and Twenty-first Century Literature 45, no. 1, Article 13. (Link here.)
Queering German Culture, ed. Leanne Dawson (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2018) in German Studies Review 42, no. 1 (2019). (Link here.)
2021: A QUEER REPUBLIC OF LETTERS: BRUNO VOGEL’S ALF AND THE ROLE OF READING IN HOMOSEXUAL CITIZENSHIP
Presented at the 2021 Modern Language Association Conference for the panel “Queer Print Cultures.”
2020: TO BE UNDERSTOOD IS TO BE DESIRED: SEXUAL LOVE AND METAPHOR IN ROBERT MUSIL’S EARLY FICTION
Presented at 2020 German Studies Association Convention for the panel “Robert Musil as Sexual Theorist: Polyvocal Eros and the Problem of Form.”
2020: PANEL SERIES: ROBERT MUSIL AS SEXUAL THEORIST
At the 2020 German Studies Association Conference, I co-organized a series of panels dedicated to the work of Robert Musil and his fictional literature as a space for theorizing human sexuality in all its forms. The two panels were: “Robert Musil as Sexual Theorist (1): Polyvocal Eros and the Problem of Form” and “Robert Musil as Sexual Theorist (2): Desire, Dissolutions, and Disorientations.”
2020: CONTINUITY AND RUPTURE IN QUEER STUDIES; OR, THE EXAMPLE OF KLAUS MANN’S DER FROMME TANZ
Presented at the 2020 conference “The Past and Present of Queer German Studies Conference,” hosted virtually at the University of British Columbia.
2019: KLAUS MANN’S DER FROMME TANZ AND HOMOSEXUALITY AS LIFE
Presented at the 2019 workshop “The Mann Family: Lives and Fictions,” at Dartmouth College.
2019: THE PROPULSIVE AUGENBLICK OF HOPE: ANNEMARIE SCHWARZENBACH’S EINE FRAU ZU SEHEN AND THE UTOPICS OF QUEER FEMALE SUBJECTIVITY IN THE LATE WEIMAR REPUBLIC
Presented at the 2019 German Studies Association Convention for the panel “Modern Women in a World of Possibilities.”
2019: MARIELUISE FLEIßER’S NARRATIVE DOUBLINGS & THE POLITICS OF ‘FEMININE’ NARRATION IN THE LATE WEIMAR REPUBLIC
Presented at the 2019 Midwest Modern Language Association Convention for the panel “Transgressing Gender Ideals in German Women’s Writing.”
2018: WHO AND WHERE IS “MODERN”? MARIELUISE FLEISSER’S EINE ZIERDE FÜR DEN VEREIN AND THE UNGLEICHZEITIGKEITEN OF GENDERED SUBJECTIVITY
Presented at the 2018 German Studies Association Conference as a participant in the seminar “Weimar Culture Revisited.”
2017: “ICH GLAUBE AN DIESE WELT”: KLAUS MANN’S DER FROMME TANZ AND QUEER HISTORICITY
Presented at the 2017 German Studies Association Conference for the panel “Sexuality and Time in the Weimar Republic and Beyond.”
2016: “EIN ZUSTAND DER LOSGELÖSTHEIT”: SIEGFRIED KRACAUER’S THEORIES OF SUBJECTIVITY IN GEORG
Presented at the 2016 graduate student conference “The Aesthetics of Dissonance” at Yale University, hosted by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures.