Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
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. Her book collection entitled Heteronormativity in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture, co-edited with Ana de Freitas Boe, was published by Ashgate Press in 2015. Along with editing the international peer-reviewed journal JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory, she is currently working on a monograph entitled Queer Masculinities: Class Camp and the Queer Imaginary. Her article "Bodies Cinematic, Bodies Politic" won the Florence Howe award from the Modern Language Association in 2000 for outstanding feminist scholarship. In addition to teaching courses on eighteenth-century literature, she has offered special topics courses on film, sexuality, globalization, the gothic novel, Freud and Hitchcock and the figure of the cannibal in literature and popular culture.
"Heteronormativity in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture is an important intervention, making critically visible both 'the heteronormative legacy of the eighteenth century as a historical period' and the continuing presence of heteronormativity in eighteenth-century studies. As the editors note, the chapters ... 'set out to reconfigure our sense of how gender and sexuality have become mapped onto space; how public and private have been carved up, and gendered and sexual bodies socially sanctioned; and how narrative conventions have been put in the service of affirming or subverting cultural orthodoxies about sex, gender, and sexuality.'"-- Caroline Gonda, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge University
"[The] collection maintains a continual, generative tension between the 1700s and the present day. These essays look backward, interrogating how present-day heteronormativity obviates accurate critical encounters with the 1700s; at the same time, they gesture forward, tracing how eighteenth-century heteronormativities shaped more modern institutions of sex, gender and sexuality. This transhistorical approach positions the volume as a considerable contribution both to eighteenth-century studies and to queer historiography writ large."---Kevin Bourque, Elon University
See other courses taught on her personal webpage.