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Dana Luciano
Associate Professor of English
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Early American, Environmental Humanities, Film, Gender & Sexuality, Nineteenth Century American, Theory

Queer studies; affect theory; 19th-century American literature; environmental humanities; photography, film, and media studies.

Dana Luciano is Associate Professor of English and Women's & Gender Studies at Rutgers University, where she teaches courses in queer studies, environmental humanities, and nineteenth-century American literature. Recent publications include Unsettled States: Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies (NYU Press, 2014), co-edited with Ivy G. Wilson; “Queer Inhumanisms,” a special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, co-edited with Mel Y. Chen (spring/summer 2015); and essays in American Literature, J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, and Reading the Anthropocene: Literary History in Geologic Times (Penn State University Press, 2017). She is currently at work on two monographs: How the Earth Feels: Geological Fantasy in the Nineteenth Century U.S., and Time and Again: The Affective Circuits of Spirit Photography.

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Introduction to “Afterlives of Nineteenth-Century American Racism,” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists 6:1, spring 2018.

“Romancing the Trace: Edward Hitchcock’s Speculative Ichnology,” in Tobias Menely and Jesse Oak Tayloreds., Anthropocene Reading: Literary History in Geologic Times, Penn State University Press, 2017.

“Speaking Substances: Rock,” Los Angeles Review of Books, April 12, 2016. 

“Touching Seeing.” American Literary History 28:1, spring 2016.

“How the Earth Feels: Interview.” Transatlantica: Revue d’études américaines, special issue 
on Deep Time, winter 2015.

“Has the Queer Ever Been Human?” (co-authored with Mel Y. Chen), introduction to  “Queer Inhumanisms.” Special double issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, co-edited with Mel Y. Chen. Vol. 22 nos. 2-3, spring/summer 2015.

"The Inhuman Anthropocene." Avidly, March 22, 2015.

“Tracking Prehistory.” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, forum on monstrosity, ed. John Modern, forthcoming spring 2015.

“Sacred Theories of Earth: Matters of Spirit in William and Elizabeth Denton’s The Soul of Things.” American Literature, special issue, “After the Post-Secular.” December 2014.

"Introduction: On Moving Ground," in Unsettled States: Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies, co-edited with Ivy G. Wilson. NYU Press, 2014.

Social Text Periscope dossier on Cruel Optimismand conversation with author Lauren Berlant, 2013. http://www.socialtextjournal.org/periscope/cruel-optimism/

“Unrealized: The Queer Time of The Hermaphrodite,” in Gary Williams and Renée Bergland, eds., Philosophies of Sex: Essays on The Hermaphrodite (Ohio State University Press, 2012).

 “Nostalgia for an Age Yet to Come: Velvet Goldmine’s Queer Archive,” in E.L. McCallum and Mikko Tuhkanen, eds., Queer Times, Queer Becomings (SUNY Press, 2011). Winner, Crompton-Noll Award, 2012.

 “Geological Fantasies, Haunting Anachronies: Eros, Time, and History in Harriet Prescott Spofford’s ‘The Amber Gods,’” ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 55.3-4, Special Issue, “Come Again?” December 2009. 

 “Coming Around Again: The Queer Momentum of Far From Heaven,” GLQ 13.2-3 (Spring/Summer 2007), special issue on “Queer Temporalities,” ed. Elizabeth Freeman, pp. 249-72.  Honorable mention, Crompton-Noll Award, 2007.

 “Love’s Measures,” contribution to roundtable on Brokeback Mountain, ed. Scott Herring, GLQ 13.1 (Winter 2006). 

“Melville’s Untimely History: ‘Benito Cereno’ as Counter-Monumental Narrative,” Arizona Quarterly 60.3 (Fall 2004). 

 “Passing Shadows: Melancholy Nationality and Black Publicity in Pauline E. Hopkins’s Of One Blood,” in David Eng and David Kazanjian, eds., Loss:  The Psychic and Social Contexts of Melancholia (University of California Press, 2003). 

 “Invalid Relations: Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady,” The Henry James Review 23.2 (May 2002).

“'Perverse Nature': Edgar Huntly and the Novel's Reproductive Disorders,” American Literature 70.1 (March 1998). 

1999 Ph.D. English, Cornell University.
Major Subject: American Literature.
Minor Subjects: Women's Studies; LGBT Studies.

1996 M.A. in English, Cornell University.

1989 A. B. in Modern Literature and Society (Honors) and International Relations (magna cum laude), Brown University.

Luciano is a member of the Editorial Collective for Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities