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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. 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.

See other courses taught on her personal webpage: 



Graduate Courses

Literature 592: Globalization, Contact Zones, & Cultures Plural

Literature 592: Feminist Thought (cross-listed with Women’s and Gender Studies)

Literature 592: Gothic Novel

Literature 563: Novel Geographies (Eighteenth-Century Fiction Special Topics)

Literature 561: Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature

Literature 511: Literary Criticism

Undergraduate/Graduate Courses

Literature 480/592: Cannibalism, Consumerism, & the Cultures of Cruelty (cross-listed with Women’s and Gender Studies)

Literature 455/555:  Sexualities in Literature and Culture (cross-listed with Women’s and Gender Studies)

Literature 450/592: Major Authors: Freud and Hitchcock

Literature 400/500: Narrative in Literature and Film


Undergraduate/Graduate Courses

Literature 420: Studies in the British Novel

Literature 315: Eighteenth-Century Literature

Literature 241: Global Images, Narrative Worlds

Women’s and Gender Studies 202: Introduction to Gender and Sexuality

Literature 101: Imaginary Worlds: Introduction to Fiction

Literature 100: Introduction to Literature

Recent Publications and Presentations

Select Publications:

JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory , Editor

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

Heteronormativity in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture , book collection co-edited with Ana de Freitas Boe, Ashgate 2015.

 “Queer Counterhistory and the Specter of Effeminacy,” in Heteronormativity and the Eighteenth Century (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2015), 111–30.

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, 2015).

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.