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Ezekiel “Zeke” Tjia

Ezekiel “Zeke” Tjia

Edwin Erle Sparks Graduate Fellow (2019-2020)
Graduate Teaching & Research Assistant
Preferred Pronouns: they/them
3 Burrowes Building, Cubicle L

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Ezekiel Tjia

Fall 2021 Office Hours

By appointment only.


M.A. English — The Pennsylvania State University (anticipated 2021)
B.A. American Studies — New York University (2019)

Professional Bio

Ezekiel "Zeke" Tjia [IPA: tʃɪə] is a graduate student & the recipient of the 2019-2020 Edwin Erle Sparks Graduate Fellowship at the Pennsylvania State University’s Department of English. Trained as an Americanist, their research asks questions about the subject & subjectivity as it appears in contemporary culture. Their research archives include documentary cinema, 20th- & 21st- century visual art, postwar American literature (poetry + the novel), & performance. The theoretical & methodological frames (of reference) that inform their work are Deconstruction, Psychoanalysis, Marxism, & Feminist/Queer theory. They embarrassingly joke about being a Derrideleuzien(ne).

Along- & beside their more conventional scholarship, Zeke is also a poet, & has had their work published in (among other publications) the Minetta Review, the Gallatin Review, & Protean. Their chapbook, in capital letters, is available to download for free here:

They are currently at work on an article on HIV/AIDS & vulnerability, a conference paper on photography for the American Studies Association annual meeting (2021), & two passion projects: the first, The Femboy Manifesto; the second, a chapbook, All My Friends Are Either Dead Or Alive & I Can't Tell You Which Is Worse. Their next project on the horizon examines J. D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey as one of, if not the, smartest, wittiest, funniest, & aesthetically challenging (absurdist) critiques of the postwar American nouveau riche & petit (& petty) bourgeoisie.

Areas of Specialization

Contemporary Literature

The postwar & post-1945 American novel ; contemporary American poetry ; theories of the novel ; lyric theory & lyric theories of the subject ; anti-lyric poetry


Race and Ethnicity Studies

Postcolonialism ; neocolonialism ; race & subjectivity ; race & visual art

Theory and Cultural Studies

20th Century French Philosophy ; Deconstruction ; Marxism ; Psychoanalysis ; Feminist/Queer Theory ; Crip Theory ; the Public Feelings Project

Visual Culture

Documentary cinema ; 20th- and 21st century "world" cinema ; 20th- & 21st century visual art (American & European, incl. fin de siècle) ; protest art / leftist agitprop & propaganda ; Digital art