Research interest(s)/area of expertise
- Modern and contemporary literature and culture; modern and contemporary art; African American literature; Russian/Soviet art/film/literature; queer theory; aesthetic theory; affect theory; Marxism and Marxist theory; Andy Warhol. I teach undergraduate classes on modern literature, art and culture, and in African American studies, cultural studies and environmental humanities. At the graduate level, I teach a range of classes in aesthetic theory, queer theory, modern and contemporary literature and media.
I write about the relationship between politics and aesthetics. I am especially interested in the ways that art and literature can represent and produce political feelings. I am currently working on two books. *Black Leninism: How Revolutionary Counter-Moods Are Made* is about Black group formation, those moments when Black people come together as a group for whom collective action seems urgent, obvious, and vital, and when victory over the forces of white supremacy seems possible. A second book, *Reading for Mood* outlines a critical method that is attentive to form without disavowing aesthetic experience, and that sees the affective component of aesthetic experience as fundamentally historical and social.
- 1996: Ph.D. Duke University, Graduate Program In Literature
- 1989: B.A. Amherst College
Awards and grants
2019: Wayne State University Distinguished Faculty Fellowship
2019: Wayne State University Board of Governors Faculty Recognition Award
2018: Humanities Center (WSU) Summer Research Fellowship2017: Marilyn Williamson Endowed Distinguished Faculty Fellowship, Wayne State University Humanities Center
2017: Tamiment Library (NYU) Cold War Center Travel Grant
2014: Wayne State Research Enhancement Proposal Grant (REP) for “Black Leninism”
2011: Wayne State Humanities Center Summer Research Fellowship
2010: Wayne State University Board of Governors Faculty Recognition Award
2010: Career Development Chair Award, Wayne State University
2005: University Research Grant, Wayne State University
2004: Wayne State Humanities Center Summer Research Fellowship
2001: Fulbright Fellowship, Moscow, Russia
1990-95: Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities
Like Andy Warhol (University of Chicago Press, 2017).
Affective Mapping: Melancholia and the Politics of Modernism (Harvard University Press, 2008)
“’Beaten, But Unbeatable’: Langston Hughes’s Black Leninism,” Comintern Aesthetics, ed. Amelia Glaser and Steven Lee, University of Toronto Press, Spring 2019
“What is a Revolutionary Setting?” Cluster on Setting on the Modernism / Modernity Print Plus platform, ed. Hannah Freed-Thall and Dora Zhang, Winter 2017
“Lenin’s Affect Theory,” Siniy Divan, Moscow, Winter 2017
“Reading for Mood,” Representations 140 (Fall 2017), a special issue on “Fallacies”
“Refreshments of Revolutionary Mood,” Literary/Liberal Entanglements: Toward a Literary History for the Twenty-First Century, ed. Corinne Harol and Mark Simpson, University of Toronto Press, Fall 2017
RECENT SHORTER PIECES
“Liking Andy Warhol: An Interview With Jonathan Flatley,” by Felix Bernstein, Los Angeles Review of Books, July 20, 2018.https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/liking-andy-warhol-an-interview-with-jonathan-flatley/
“’A Thousand Years’ of Zoe Leonard,” Public Books, June 15, 2018. https://www.publicbooks.org/a-thousand-years-of-zoe-leonard/
“(Radio On!)” Avidly, A Los Angeles Review of Books Channel, January 24 2017. http://avidly.lareviewofbooks.org/2017/01/24/radio-on/
“1968 Decentered.” Co-editor, with Robert Bird. South Atlantic Quarterly Spring 2020.
“Andy Warhol.” Co-editor, with Anthony E. Grudin. Special issue. Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts, 56.3. (Summer 2014)
“Disco.” Co-editor, with Charles Kronengold. Special issue. Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts, 50.1 (Winter, 2008).
Pop Out: Queer Warhol. Co- Editor with Jennifer Doyle and José Muñoz. Duke University Press, 1996.
W 2021 Reading Marx's Capital: A Critique of Political Economy (graduate seminar)
F 2021 "The Present" (graduate seminar)
ENG 5450: Modern American Literature: Art, Literature and Politics
ENG 5090 /RUS 3010 Freedom Dreams in Russian and African American Literature (F 20)
ENG 2420 Literature and Science: Representing Trees (F20 F 19)
ENG 5020 / AH 5780 The Idea of the Avant-garde (W 20)
ENG 8001 "Propaganda and Agitation" (W 20)
ENG 3090 "Introduction to Cultural Studies" (W18, W19)
ENG 7032 "Queer Modernisms"
ENG 7004 "Aesthetics and Politics"
ENG/AFS 2390 Introduction to African American Literature ("Black Lives Matter").