Renee Hoogland

Faculty Profile




Secondary Title

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




5057 Woodward Ave., #10001 

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
  • n.p. [
  • elizabeth-bowens-queering-adolescents]
  • “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

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 F2012
  • Comparative Media: The Image [ENG7056], WSU, F2011; WSU F2012 Honors/Senior Seminar: Bodies in Culture [ENG4991/5992], WSU, F2011 Postmodernism/Postmodernity [ENG7033], WSU, W2011
  • Introduction to Literary Studies [ENG3100], WSU, W2011
  • Topics in Women’s Studies: Women of the Left Bank [ENG/WS5030], WSU F2010 Literature and Identity: The (De)Construction of Selves and Others [ENG2530], WSU F2010
  • Introduction to Literary Studies [ENG3100], WSU W2010
  • Literature and Identity: Critical Theory, Literature, and Cultural Studies [ENG 2530], WSU F2009
  • Seminar in Theory: Reading the Post: Post(post)modernism, Postfeminism, and Post-
  • Theory [ENG 8008], WSU, F2009
  • Theoretical Issues in Cultural Studies: Gender, Sexuality, and Queer Theory [ENG 7004], WSU, W2009
  • Introduction to Literary Studies: Critical theory, Literature, and Cultural Studies [ENG
  • 3100], WSU, W2009
  • Women and Writing/Women and Literature [ENG 2570], WSU, F2008
  • Theories of Women’s Studies: Questioning the Body [ENG 5010/WS 5090], WSU, F2008

Research Description

My research focuses generally on Anglo-American literature and culture after 1870. More specifically, my work engages Cultural Studies, Critical Theory, Visual Culture, and Queer Studies. My most recent book, A Violent Embrace: Art and Aesthetics after Representation (UPNE 2014) is a philosophical inquiry into the function and effects of various forms of contemporary visual art (photography, drawing, documentary film, installation art) on the level of affect and feeling. I am currently developing a book project (titled Between Surface and Depth) on photography and one (titled Sites of Becoming) on various forms of live performances.

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