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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,

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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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Shops in Emily Dickinson

All Things Dickinson (cover)I contributed the entry on shops to Wendy Martin’s All Things Dickinson: An Encyclopedia of Emily Dickinson’s World. ABC-CLIO’s imprint Greenwood Press published it a couple of months ago, and I’ve finally managed to get a page-scan of my article through ILL. You can read it here. This means that my first two official (albeit minor) academic publications are on shopping and drinking. Whee!


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My Review of “Drinking History” Is Out

Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 111.4 (2013)My review of Andrew F. Smith’s Drinking History: Fifteen Turning Points in the Making of American Beverages has just come out in The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 111.2. The Register is one of the oldest historical journals in the U.S., and I’m excited to appear in it. Read on Project MUSE or as a PDF.

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