About Me

I am an adjunct lecturer in English at the City College of New York and a doctoral candidate in nineteenth-century British and American literature at the CUNY Graduate Center, where I’m writing a dissertation on queer aesthetics and echoes of the Gothic in Victorian and American texts.

I also work as a private tutor for high school, middle school, college, and continuing education students in New York City. Click here to learn more!

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I’ve Been Acknowledged!

I am delighted and grateful and proud that my first inclusion in someone else’s acknowledges appears in the ever-splendid Roland Betancourt‘s fabulous article “Genre as Medium on YouTube: The Work of Grace Helbig” (Journal of Popular Culture 49.1, 2016). Thank you, Roland!

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Review 19 Gives my Chapter a Rave!

There’s a splendid review of Queer Victorian Families up on Review 19, and it singles out my chapter, “The Queer, Statistical Kinship of Tennyson and Melville,” for special praise:

[T]he most outstanding piece is Alec Magnet’s beautiful and melancholic reading of Tennyson’s In Memoriam alongside Melville’s Moby Dick. Both works, of course, have prompted queer theoretical readings as well as plenty of others. But in aiming to “demonstrate their affinity, their queer, archival, literary kinship, with each other while at the same time making themselves available to generations of queer readers” (191), Magnet’s reading stunningly exemplifies a return to what reading through a queer lens originally set out to do. Magnet recalls those moments in mainstream literature where the queer reader can quietly stumble upon and gain strength from deep connections that offer a “nourishing, reparative, queer kinship” (191).

Beautiful, stunning, and melancholic — that’s how I’ve always dreamt my writing would be described! I’m so grateful to Ardel Haefele-Thomas for these kind words. And to the book’s editors, Duc Dau and Shale Preston, for including my chapter and making it so much better.

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Article on Eve Sedgwick Published

The Writing Instructor‘s special issue on Eve Sedgwick’s “Queer and Now” is up on the internet, and it includes an article I co-wrote with T Meyerhoff, “Teaching/Feeling/Writing: A Theatrical Interlude on Affect, Performativity, and Plagiarism“! You should check it out!

Photo of Eve Sedgwick late in life with white glasses and a fabric Buddha head reflected in the window behind her

(Photo courtesy of H. A. Sedgwick, evekosofskysedgwick.net)

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My Chapter on Tennyson and Melville is Out!

My chapter, “The Queer, Statistical Kinship of Tennyson and Melville” is finally out! Read a PDF here or see a preview on Google Books.

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It’s collected in the volume Queer Victorian Families: Curious Relations in Literature, edited by Duc Dau and Shale Preston, just published by Routledge.

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Autumn at the City College of New York

All dressed up in my professor drag on the City College campus, October 2014:

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Submit an abstract for “Queer/Geek” at NeMLA by Sept 30!

There are still a couple of weeks to submit an abstract for the panel I’m co-chairing with Balaka Basu at NeMLA 2015, “Queer/Geek: Theorizing the Convergence of Fandom, Camp, and other Deviances.” Here’s the CFP:

46th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association
April 30 – May 3, 2015
Toronto, Ontario

From "These Charming X-Men" by Adam Villacin, 2014.

From “These Charming X-Men” by Adam Villacin, 2014.

The queer-, trans-, and geek-focused webcomic “Riot Nrrd” once joked about how disorienting it was to be at a geeky convention because there was no way to tell from the attendees’ appearance whether they were queer or just straight nerds. This confusion between identities points toward a much larger convergence of queer and geek cultures. Practices such as cosplay, fanfic (particularly slash), the foundation of homosocial communities (as with gamers) and other forms of geek/fan labor closely resemble those of camp, drag, and what Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick calls “reparative reading.” In fact, Sedgwick paves the way for this convergence with her suggestion that “queer” need not necessarily imply gay or lesbian but perhaps does fundamentally refer to shame, stigma, and practices of responding to those feelings with exuberant, performative adventures and deep attachment to cultural objects as resources of self-making and survival—especially in a world inimical to the people who do not conform to its expectations. Non mainstream sexual and gender expression, as well as creative experiments with post-human and other transformative identities or alter-egos, comprise important elements of various geek cultures. Meanwhile, the canard of the “fake geek girl” (like the pejorative “fag,” when applied to nerds and other outsiders in order to emasculate) reveals the deep strains of misogyny—as well as homophobia and white supremacy—that also run through geek culture. We seek papers that theorize queer and geek subcultures, identities, and practices with regard to their intersecting possibilities.

Please submit 300-500 word abstracts and a brief CV through the NeMLA website here: https://nemla.org/convention/2015/cfp.html#cfp15202

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I’d like to give all my conference papers dancing with gladioli:

I have a lot of feelings about Morrissey

I have a lot of feelings about Morrissey

Thanks to Danica Savonick, Duncan Faherty, and Eric Lott for putting together such a wonderful event with Critical Karaoke!

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