Eastern Michigan University
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Abby Coykendall


603J Pray-Harrold



Home Department

The English Department


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 and the Eighteenth Century, 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 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 http://people.emich.edu/acoykenda/).

Publications and Presentations

* Book collection forthcoming: _Heteronormativity and the Eighteenth Century_, co-edited with Ana de Freitas Boe
* Book in progress: _Queer Masculinities_
Editor, _JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory_
Articles or Book Chapters:
* “Towards a Queer Feminism; Or Feminist Theories and/as Queer Narrative Studies.” Feminist/Queer Narrative Theories. Ed. Robyn Warhol and Susan Lanser. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press. forthcoming.
*“Situational Affect: Sade and Embodiment.” New Approaches to Sade. Ed. Norbert Sclippa. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press. forthcoming.
*“Metropolitan Monogamy, Subaltern Subjectivity, and the Cultural Production of Middle-Class Sentiment.” The Polyamorous Eighteenth Century. Ed. Christopher Nagle and Courtney Wennerstrom. forthcoming.
“Chance Enlightenments, Choice Superstitions: Walpole’s Historic Doubts and Enlightenment Historicism.”  Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation.  54.1 (Spring 2013). 
“Realism in Retrospect.”  Two-volume special issue co-edited with Audrey Jaffe.  JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory 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.”  Fiction and the Family / Genre romanesque et la famille.  Spec. issue of Eighteenth-Century Fiction 17.3 (April 2005): 443–80.
“Bodies Cinematic, Bodies Politic: The ‘Male’ Gaze and the ‘Female’ Gothic in De Palma’s Carrie.”  Cinema, Film, and Narrative.  Spec. issue of Journal of Narrative Theory 30:3 (Fall 2000): 332–63.

Courses Taught

Gothic Literature
Feminist Thought

Literature of Cruelty
Introduction to Gender and Sexuality

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