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Theory and Cultural Studies

Many of us engage directly and substantially with schools of theory and/or Cultural Studies in our scholarship as well as in our graduate and undergraduate teaching and our thesis advising. Our theoretical interests include critical theory, postmodernist and poststructuralist theories, feminist and queer theories, critical race theory, disability theory, postcolonial theory, avant-garde theory, and of course literary theory. Our range in Cultural Studies extends to cultural studies of science and technology, aesthetics and cultural studies, feminist cultural studies, film studies, reception theory, cultural policy studies, Latino/a cultural studies, and visual culture. Many of us are involved in theory-driven intra- and interdepartmental initiatives.

Recent Grad Courses

  • Studies in Theory: Foucault
  • Studies in Theory: Derrida
  • Post-Postmodernism
  • Intellectual Backgrounds to Modernism
  • Introduction to Visual Culture
  • Introduction to Social Thought
  • The Body Shop: Liberalism and Cultural Theory
  • Theory v. Theory
  • Faulkner and His Literary Descendents
  • Modernity
  • What Was Cultural Studies?
  • Theories of Reading
  • Black to the Future: Afro-Futurisms
  • Building the Multiple: A Seminar in A Thousand Plateaus
  • Histories and Historiographies of Rhetoric
  • Theories of Feminism
  • Queer Modernism
  • Writing Nonfiction: Defacement
  • Sexologies: An Introduction to Sex Studies
  • Spaces of Culture
  • Cultural Policy Studies
  • Latino/a Cultural Studies
  • Sex in Space: Feminist Media Studies
  • Introduction to Disability Studies
  • Feminist Science Studies
  • Literature, Medicine and Culture
  • Spectacular Technoscience: Images and the Theatre of Scientific Change
  • Edward Said and C.L.R. James

People specializing in this area

Tenure-Line Faculty

Robert Lawrence Caserio

gay and lesbian literary traditions

Brian Lennon

Media theory; cultural history and political economy of computing; history of philology; critical university studies

Aldon Lynn Nielsen

Post-structuralism; cultural studies; poetics; theories of race and ethnicity; Black theory and criticism.

Benjamin Schreier

Theory of identity and identification; Critique of historicism; Statism; National and nationalist discourse; Modernism and postmodernism; Habits of thought and recognition; Reactionary formations; Literary history and literary critical orthodoxies; Intellectuals; Philosophy and literature; Aesthetics

Matt Tierney

Post-structuralism, form, critical cyberculture, anti-racist and feminist intersections, Americanism as ideology and method