Renee Hoogland

Renee Hoogland

Former editor of Criticism, and Senior Editor in Chief of MacMillan Handbooks: Gender


5057 Woodward Ave., #10001 

Curriculum vitae


Renee Hoogland



Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Areas of interest include literature and culture after 1870, visual culture, critical theory, American studies, comparative literature, modern and contemporary art, gender and sexuality studies, queer theory, affect theory, postmodernism, film and media studies, popular culture, new body theory.


I am currently working on a book on photograpy, tentialvely titled, *The Other Side of Nowhere; or, Haunted by Death: Thoughts on Contemporary Photograph,* a monograph in art criticism and philosophy. The project constitutes a contribution to and intervention in critical-theoretical debates on photography in a digital age and after representation. It will consist of philosophically grounded studies of various sets of contemporary photographic work, from street photography to holiday snapshots, and from documentary to portrait and art photography. Each chapter focuses on a particular genre and body of work to explore and ultimately connect the book’s guiding research questions.

I received a 2020-21 Keal Fellowship to support the project wiht a realase fomr teacinh in Winter 2021. 


  • 1987-1991 Ph.D. University of Amsterdam (Modern English Literature/Feminist Theory) 1983-1986 MA (cum laude) University of Amsterdam (Major: English Literature; Minors: American Studies & Comparative Literature) 1980-1983 BA University of Amsterdam (English Language and Literature)

Awards and grants

  • 2020-2021 Josephine Nevins Keal Faculty Fellowship  

     2017 Sabbatical Leave Award, Wayne State University (Winter term)
    2016 Visiting Professor l’Ecole Doctorale Université Lille Nord de France (December 12-15)
    2015/16 Marilyn Williamson Endowed Distinguished Faculty Fellowship, Humanities Center, Wayne State University
    2015 Board of Governors Faculty Recognition Award, Wayne State University
    2015 Board of Governors Distinguished Faculty Fellowship, Wayne State University
    2015/16 Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) Award, Wayne State University
    2015 Travel Funds for Graduate Student Field Trip to Berlin (OVPR & Provost’s Office)
    2014 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Wayne State University
    2012 Sabbatical Leave Award, Wayne State University (Winter term)
    2012 Josephine Nevins Keal Faculty Fellowship, Department of English, Wayne State University
    2010/16 Humanities Center Working Group Award, “Visual Culture,” Wayne State University
    2010 Humanities Center “Open Competition” grant, Wayne State University
    2007-8 Sabbatical Leave & Research Award, Faculty of Social Sciences, Radboud University Nijmegen

Selected publications



A Violent Embrace: Art and Aesthetics after Representation. Lebanon, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 2014.

Lesbian Configurations. Cambridge UK: Polity Press & New York: Columbia University Press, 1997.

Elizabeth Bowen: A Reputation in Writing. New York: New York University Press, 1994.


Journal articles

“Obnoxiousness and Elizabeth Bowen’s Queer/ing Adolescents,” Genders 1.2 (Fall) 2016.
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“Perverted Knowledge: Lesbian Sexuality and Theoretical Practice,” 25 Years of Feminism,
Special Anniversary Edition of the Journal of Gender Studies (2016) 15-29).

“The Ambivalence of Visual Documentation: The Face in Johan van der Keuken,” Wide Screen 4.1 (2012). Web. 

“‘Nothing but a Pack of Cards’: Semi-Fictitious Persons and Flopping Jellyfish in Elizabeth Bowen,” Women: A Cultural Review 22.1 (2011) 1-14.

“Feminist Theorizing as ‘Transposed Autobiography’,” Journal of Lesbian Studies 11.1/2 (2007): 153-9.

“Feminist Theory in Intergenerational Perspective,” European Journal of Women’s Studies 11.4 (2004) 461-472 [with Petra de Vries & Iris van der Tuin]

“Van Bijzondere Vriendschap en “Pervers” Verlangen: De Historische Ontwikkeling van de Damesliefde,” [Romantic Friendship and “Perverse” Desire: The Historical Development of Female Same-Sex Love] Ex Tempore—Verleden Tijdschrift 22.3(2003) 155-73.

“The Matter of Culture: Aesthetic Experience and Corporeal Being,” Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 36.3 (2003) 1-18.

“Fact and Fantasy: The Body of Desire in the Age of Posthumanism,” Journal of Gender Studies 11.3 (2002) 213-31.

“Het Lichaam van Verlangen in het Posthumane Tijdperk” [The Body of Desire in the Age of Posthumanism], Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies 3.2 (2000): 4-15. 

“First Things First: Fantasy and the Question of Gendered Sexuality,” Journal of Gender Studies 8.1(1999): 43-56.

"Hard to Swallow: Indigestible Narratives of Lesbian Sexuality," Modern Fiction Studies 41.3 (Fall-Winter 1995): 467-81.

"The Perverted Phallus: Psychoanalysis and Lesbian Sex/Textuality," Studies in Psychoanalytic Theory 4.1 (1995): 30-8.

"Wat weegt het zwaarst: Freud en de kwestie van het primaat van seksualiteit en sekse," [What Comes First: Freud and the Question of the Primacy of Sexuality and Sex]. Krisis: Filosofisch Tijdschrift XX (1994): 26-40.

"Perverted Knowledge: Lesbian Sexuality and Theoretical Practice," Journal of Gender Studies 3.1 (1994): 15-29.

"(Sub)textual Configurations: Sexual Ambivalences in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar," The Journal of Narrative and Life History 3 (2 & 3) (1993): 179-196.


Book chapters


“Elizabeth Bowen’s Obnoxious Adolescents,” in Jessica Gildersleeve and Patricia Juliana Smith, eds. Elizabeth Bowen: Theory, Thought and Things. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019. 62-78.

“Doing Something Close to Nothing: Marina Abramovic's 'War Machine,” Colin 
Gardner and Patricia MacCormack, eds. Ecosophical Aesthetics Art, Ethics and Ecology with Guattari. London & New York: Bloomsbury, 2018. 261-76.

Introduction, Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks Gender: Time. Co-authored with Karin Sellberg. Farmington Hills, MI: Cengage, 2018. xiii-xvii.

“Un/Becoming Claude Cahun: Zigzagging in a Pack,” Colin Gardner and Patricia MacCormack, eds. Deleuze and the Animal. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017. 140-53.

“Entering the Compound: Becoming with Carson McCullers’ Freaks,” Alison Graham- Bertolini and Casey Keyser, eds. Carson McCullers in the Twenty-First Century. London & New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 113-26.

“Seksualiteit als Strijdtoneel: de tomboy en queer studies” [The Arena of Sexuality: the Tomboy and Queer Studies], Rosemarie Buikema & Liedeke Plate, eds. Handboek Genderstudies in Media, Kunst en Cultuur. 2nd ed. Bussum: Coutinho, 2015. 147-62.“Floating Signifiers and Fluid Identities: Feminist and Other Queer Travels,” Mary Evans & Kathy Davis, eds. Transatlantic Conversations: Feminism as Travelling Theory, London: Ashgate, 2011. 69-79.

“The Affective Turn and Visual Literacy,” E.H. Oleksy & D. Golanska (eds.), Teaching Visual Culture in an Interdisciplinary Classroom: Feminist (Re)Interpretations of the Field. Utrecht: Athena, 2009. 163-74.

“Beautiful Lives and Ethical Selves: Aesthetic Practice at the Threshold of Meaning and Being.” Zoe Detsi-Diamanti, Katerina Kitsi-Mitakou, Effie Yiannopoulou, eds. Bodies, Theories, Cultures in the Post-Millennial Era: Selected Proceedings. Thessaloniki: University Studio Press, 2009.

“The Arena of Sexuality: The Tomboy and Queer Studies.” Doing Gender. Eds. Rosemarie Buikema and Iris van der Tuin. London & New York: Routledge, 2009. 99-113.

Currently teaching

  • ENG3090: Introduction to Cultural Studies

    ENG3100: Introduction to Literary Studies

  • ENG5500 Topics in English and American Literature and Culture: Cities and Selves (W20)ENG 2570 Women and Writing/Women and Literature (F19)ENG8998 Prospectus and Dissertation Chapter Workshop (W20)ENG8001 Seminar in Literary and Cultural Studies: Aesthetics Redux (W19)
  •  ENG5035 Topics in Gender and Sexuality Studies: Queer Moods in Literature and Film (F20)


    ENG4992/5991 Senior/Honors Seminar: Anglophone Female Voices (F20)
  •  ENG2570 Writing about Literature: Women Writers (W21)

Courses taught

 Introduction to Cultural Studies HON4280 (W18)
Seminar in Theory ENG8008 (F17)
Twentieth-Century British Literature ENG5300 (F15) (F17)
Introduction to Literary Studies ENG3100 (W09) (W10) (W11) (F15) (F16) Introduction to Fiction ENG2120 (W15)
Topics in Visual Culture ENG5095 (W14)
Introduction to Cultural Studies ENG3090(W14)
Honors/Senior Seminar: Cities and Selves ENG4991/5992 (F13) (F14)
Introduction to Visual Culture ENG2440 (W13) (F14) (W18)
Topics in Gender and Sexuality Studies: Queer Moods in Literature and Film [ENG/WS5035], WSU Fall 2012
Comparative Media: The Image [ENG7056], WSU, Fall 2011; WSU Fall 2012 Honors/Senior Seminar: Bodies in Culture [ENG4991/5992], WSU, Fall 2011 Postmodernism/Postmodernity [ENG7033], WSU, Winter 2011
Introduction to Literary Studies [ENG3100], WSU, Winter 2011
Topics in Women’s Studies: Women of the Left Bank [ENG/WS5030], WSU Fall 2010 Literature and Identity: The (De)Construction of Selves and Others [ENG2530], WSU
Fall 2010
Introduction to Literary Studies [ENG3100], WSU Winter 2010
Literature and Identity: Critical Theory, Literature, and Cultural Studies [ENG 2530],
WSU Fall 2009
Seminar in Theory: Reading the Post: Post(post)modernism, Postfeminism, and Post-
Theory [ENG 8008], WSU, Fall 2009
Theoretical Issues in Cultural Studies: Gender, Sexuality, and Queer Theory [ENG 7004],
WSU, Winter 2009
Introduction to Literary Studies: Critical theory, Literature, and Cultural Studies [ENG
3100], WSU, Winter 2009
Women and Writing/Women and Literature [ENG 2570], WSU, Fall 2008
Theories of Women’s Studies: Questioning the Body [ENG 5010/WS 5090], WSU, Fall