Michael Trask

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  • Guy M. Davenport Professor in English
  • Director of Graduate Studies
  • English
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Social Theory
1263 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:


Ph.D. The Johns Hopkins University (1998)
B.A. Wesleyan University (1990)


I work at the intersection of queer theory and feminism, high and low culture, and social theory and traditional literary criticism.  Although I mainly teach and write on 20th-century American Literature, I also teach courses on 19th-century British literature (Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, the Victorian Triple-Decker).  I earned my Ph.D. in English from the Johns Hopkins University in 1998 and my B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1990.  My most recent book, The Culture of Consciousness (forthcoming from Cornell in 2020), considers a variety of post-1970 social and intellectual trends and their literary resonances, including the ethical turn in political theory, animal liberation, deep ecology, and libertarianism.  I am currently working on a short book that surveys the varieties of strong materialism in the contemporary humanities from the vantage of neo-Kantian political and moral philosophy.



Areas of Specialty:

  • Social Theory
  • History of Sexuality
  • Modernism
  • 20th-Century American Literature
Selected Publications: 
  • Camp Sites: Sex, Politics, and Academic Style in Postwar Culture, Stanford UP, May 2013


  • "Patricia Highsmith's Method," ALH  22.3 (2010): 584-614

  • "Class and Sex in American Fiction: From Casual Laborers to Accidental Desires," A Companion to the Modern American Novel 1900-1950, ed. John Matthews (Blackwell 2009)

  • "In the Bathroom with Mary McCarthy," Criticism 49.1 (2007): 7-33

  • Cruising Modernism: Class and Sexuality in American Literature and Social Thought, Cornell UP, 2003

  • Other articles in Novel, Differences, American Literature

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