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Abby Coykendall


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Ph. D.  English Literature, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2002

M. A.  English Literature, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1997 (qualifying exams in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British novel and critical theory)

B. A.  English Literature, Summa Cum Laude, University of Arizona, 1992 (second major in Philosophy and a Psychology minor)

Interests and Expertise

Abby Coykendall is Professor of English Language and Literature at Eastern Michigan University specializing in narrative theory, sexuality and gender studies, and eighteenth-century British literature. Along with editing the international peer-reviewed journal JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory, she is currently finishing a book collection entitled Heteronormativity in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture, co-edited with Ana de Freitas Boe, and writing a monograph entitled Queer Masculinities. Her article "Bodies Cinematic, Bodies Politic" won the Florence Howe award for outstanding feminist scholarship from the Modern Language Association in 2000. Along with teaching classes regularly in these areas, she has offered special topics courses on film, globalization, the gothic novel, Freud and Hitchcock, and the figure of the cannibal in literature and popular culture.

See other courses taught on my personal webpage: 



WGST 592/479 / Literature 480: Cannibalism, Consumerism, & the Cultures of Cruelty

Literature 592: Globalization, Contact Zones, & Cultures Plural

Literature 592 / WGST 550/479: Feminist Thought

Literature 592: Gothic Novel

Literature 563: Novel Geographies (18th-Century Fiction)

Literature 561: Studies in 18th-Century Literature

Literature 511: Literary Criticism

Literature 450/592: Major Authors: Freud and Hitchcock

Literature 400: Narrative in Literature and Film

Literature 315: Eighteenth-Century Literature

Literature 241: Global Images, Narrative Worlds

WGST 202: Gender and Sexuality

Recent Publications and Presentations

Select Publications:

JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory , Editor

Heteronormativity in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture , book collection co-edited with Ana de Freitas Boe, forthcoming.

Queer Masculinities: Class Camp and the Queer Imaginary , book in progress

“Towards a Queer Feminism; Or Feminist Theories and/as Queer Narrative Studies,” Feminist/Queer Narrative Theory, ed. Susan S. Lanser and Robyn R. Warhol (Ohio State University Press) , forthcoming.

“Chance Enlightenments, Choice Superstitions: Walpole’s Historic Doubts and Enlightenment Historicism,” Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 54.1 (Spring 2013): 53-70.

“Realism in Retrospect,” two-volume special issue of JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory, co-edited with Audrey Jaffe 36.3 (Fall 2007) and 37.3 (Winter 2008).

“Bodies Cinematic, Bodies Politic: The ‘Male’ Gaze and the ‘Female’ Gothic in De Palma’s Carrie” (reprint), Diversifying the Discourse: The Florence Howe Award for Feminist Scholarship, 1989-2004 (New York: Modern Language Association, 2006), 196-217.

“Gothic Genealogies, the Family Romance, and Clara Reeve’s Old English Baron,” special issue of Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Fiction and the Family / Genre romanesque et la famille 17.3 (April 2005): 443-80.