Literary Theories of Circumcision

My dissertation received the Alumni and Doctoral Faculty Prize for the Most Distinguished Dissertation of the Year from the English Program at the CUNY GC.

Here’s what the Department had to say about my diss, “Literary Theories of Circumcision”:

In this arrestingly learned, wide-ranging, and critically sophisticated study, Strouse investigates the foreskin as a conceptual metaphor organizing literary experience. In writers from the patristic era to the present day, textuality is often figured as a foreskin and interpretation as circumcision, a literary theoretical formulation traced from Saint Paul through medieval, early modern, and modernist writers. The prepuce is found to contain an alternate literary history, one that queers received understanding of phallocentric writing.

Abstract.

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Reading 05/19

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Epigraph

Eileen Joy at punctum books quoted me in one of the epigraphs for this manifesto… but I am not worthy to be cited alongside Audre Lorde!

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“The One With The Celebrity”

My short movie, “Mono Generation,” is premiering at the Chicago Underground Film Festival—in a block of shorts called “The One With The Celebrity” (June 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm).

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Film Debut!

I’m super psyched, because the Chicago Underground Film Festival has accepted “Mono Generation,” a short movie that I wrote in collaboration with Keil Troisi.

Details TK.

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Review

A cool review of my new book.

So glad that I was able to raise some provocative questions!

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Transcending the Job Market

I agree with a commenter who criticized my recent essay as “all over the place.” But a little incoherence is a small price to pay for trying to hang on to complexity.

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Lists!

A little essay on my obsession with lists.

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Playing Favorites

This Friday, I’m releasing a chapbook of poems written for this awesome group show at Wayfarers.

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Confessions

My new essay in IHE got some kind comments.

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