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Scholarly Interest Report
Colleen R. Lamos
Associate Professor
Associate Professor of English
  • B.A. (1978) State University of New York at Binghamton
  • Ph.D. (1989) University of Pennsylvania
Primary Department
   Department of English
Department Affiliations
  • Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
    Research Areas
     Twentieth-Century British, Irish, and American Literature; James Joyce; T. S. Eliot, Marcel Proust; Queer Theory; Feminist Theory; Psychoanalytic Theory
    "Guide to Twentieth-Century Gay and Lesbian Literature"
     This book will be a comprehensive guide to gay and lesbian literature in English in the 20th century. It will be comprised of fourteen essays on topics ranging from Oscar Wilde to postcolonial writers. In addition, it will include an annotated bibliography and a chronology of significant dates.

    I have prepared a detailed book proposal for this project which was accepted last year by Cambridge University Press. However, I withdrew it from Cambridge and am now looking for another publisher.
    British and American Modernist Writers from perspective of queer theory.
     My two current research projects--the two book manuscripts described in the "Works in Progress" section--investigate modern British and American literature in terms of what Sedgwick has called the contemporary "crisis of sexuality." Taking my cue from Benjamin's comment that "the lesbian is the heroine of modernity," both projects critically examine the emergence of the homo/heterosexual distinction and its impact upon 20th-century literature.
    "'I'm Not a Lesbian; I Just Loved Thelma': Homosexual Disavowal in the Works of Modernist British and American Women Writers"
     This book-length project is nearing completion. I have written the chapters on Djuna Barnes (who is quoted in the title of the project) and Virginia Woolf. The remaining chapters (portions of which are also written)will focus on Nella Larsen and Elizabeth Bowen.
    Teaching Areas
     20th-C British, Irish, and American Literature; Women's Literature; Modernism; Gay and Lesbian Literature; Literary Theory; Queer Theory
    Selected Publications

    Colleen Lamos ""Ladies' Almanack: Djuna Barnes's Slight Satiric Wigging"." College LiteratureSubmitted


    Colleen R. Lamos ""Opening Questions"." Feminist Economics, 1:2 (1995) : 59-62.


    Colleen R. Lamos "Feminist Byword: Lesbian." National Women's Studies Association Journal, 3:2 (1991) : 278-80.


    Colleen R. Lamos "James Joyce and the English Vice." Novel: A Forum on Fiction, 19:1 (1995) : 19-31.In Revision


    Colleen R. Lamos "Playing to Win: Georges Bataille, Barbara Herrnstein Smith, and the Question of Value." Pretext, 10 (1991) : 185-200.


    Colleen R. Lamos "Deviant Modernism." Deviant Modernism: Sexual and Textual Errancy in T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, and Marcel Proust (1999)

     Editor of books

    Colleen Lamos, with Christine van Boheemen-Saaf "Masculinities in Joyce: Postcolonial Constructions." European Joyce Studies Annual, 10 (2001)

     Book chapters

    Colleen R. Lamos "Cheating on the Father: James Joyce and Gender Justice." Joyce in Context (1992) : 90-100.


    Colleen R. Lamos "Queer Conjunctions in Modernism." Gender in Modernism: New Geographies (2007) : 336-343.


    Colleen R. Lamos "Sexuality versus Gender: A Kind of Mistake?." Cross-Purposes: Lesbian Studies, Feminist Studies, and the Limits of Alliance (1997) : 85-94.


    Colleen R. Lamos "Taking on the Phallus." Lesbian Erotics (1995) : 101-24.


    Colleen R. Lamos "The Love Song of T. S. Eliot: Elegaic Homoeroticism in the Early Poetry." Gender, Desire, and Sexuality in T. S. Eliot (2004) : 23-42.


    Colleen R.Lamos "The Postmodern Lesbian Position: "On Our Backs"." The Lesbian Postmodern (1994) : 85-103.In Press


    Colleen R. Lamos "Virginia Woolf's Greek Lessons." Sapphic Modernities: Sexuality, Women, and Modern English Culture (2006) : 165-180.


    Colleen R. Lamos "Male Subjectivation: James Joyce's "A Painful Case" and Judith Butler's "The Psychic Life of Power"." Masculinities in Joyce: Postcolonial Constructions (2001) : 59-72.


    Colleen R. Lamos "Lesbian." Lesbian Histories and Cultures (2000) : 453-54.


    Colleen R. Lamos "The Double Life of "Eumaeus"." "Ulysses"--En-Gendered Perspectives: Eighteen New Essays on the Episodes (1999) : 242-253.


    Colleen R. Lamos "The Ethics of Queer Theory." Critical Ethics: Text, Theory and Responsibility (1999) : 141-150.


    Colleen R. Lamos "A Faint Glimmer of "Lesbianism" in Joyce." Quare Joyce (1998) : 185-200.


    Colleen R. Lamos "Anti-Oedipal Joyce." Images of Joyce: Proceedings of the Twelfth International James Joyce Conference (2 vols.), I (1998) : 1: 544-57.

     Book reviews

    Colleen R. Lamos "Charting the Waters of Lesbian Literature: Reviews of "Lesbian Texts and Contexts: Radical Revisions," ed. Karla Jay and Joanne Glasgow; and "The Safe Sea of Women: Lesbian Fiction, 1969-1989," by Bonnie Zimmerman." Contemporary Literature, 34:2 (1993) : 304-312.


    Colleen R. Lamos "Review of "Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past," eds. Martin Duberman et al.." Lesbian and Gay Studies Newsletter, 18:1 (1991) : 31-34.


    Colleen R. Lamos "Review of "The Poor Bugger's Tool: Irish Modernism, Queer Labor, and Postcolonial History," by Patrick R. Mullen." Review of English StudiesSubmitted


    Colleen R. Lamos "Reviews of "Sexual Dissidence: Augustine to Wilde, Freud to Foucault" by Jonathan Dollimore; "Body Guards: The Cultural Politics of Gender Ambiguity" by Julie Epstein and Kristina Straub; and "Sexual Suspects: Eighteenth-Century Players and Sexual Ideology" by Kristina Straub." , 19:3 (1993) : 304-312.


    Colleen R. Lamos "The Birth of a Not-So-Queer Discipline. Review of "Professions of Desire: Lesbian and Gay Studies in Literature," eds. George Haggerty and Bonnie Zimmerman." Lesbian Review of Books, 1:3 (1995) : 10-11.


    Colleen R. Lamos "Review of "Queering the Modern: Poses/Portraits/Performances" by Anne Herrmann." Contemporary Literature (2003)


    Colleen R. Lamos "Review of "Libidinal Currents: Sexuality and the Shaping of Modernism," by Joseph Allen Boone." Novel: A Forum on Fiction, 32:3 (1999) : 446-48.


    Colleen R. Lamos "Review of 'Male Matters' by Calvin Thomas." James Joyce Literary Supplement, 12:1 (1998) : 20.

     Conference Paper

    "Still Blushing after all these Years: 'Little Chandler at 100." International James Joyce Conference, Utrecht, The Netherlands, June 2015

     Invited Papers

    ""'Immensely Composite and Wide-Flung Passions': Virginia Woolf and Queer Modernism"." Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. (January 2002)

     Invited Talks

    ""Modernism Meets Queer Theory"." Bowdoin College, Bowdoin, ME. (April 2001)


    ""Modernist Deviance: The Case of Joyce"." University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (June 1998)


    "“Irigaray, Again?  Irigaray, Ever?”

               ." James Joyce Conference, Charleston, South Carolina. (June)


    ""Getting Real: The Concept of 'the Real' in Lacan"." 19th International James Joyce Conference, Dublin, Ireland. (June 2004)


    ""What is Sapphic Modernism?"." Modernist Studies Association Conference, Birmingham, England. (September 2003)


    ""Djuna Barnes's 'Slight Satiric Wigging'"." Modern Language Association, New Orleans. (December 2001)


    ""Roger Casement: Treason, Forgery, and Homosexuality"." Colloquium on Gender and Sexuality in Irish Studies, University of Houston, Houston, TX. (September 2001)


    ""The Hailing That Missed Its Man: Woolf, Althusser, and 'Between the Acts""." Narrative Conference, Houston. (March 2001)


    ""The Life of Theory"." Conference on What's Left of Theory, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia. (December 2001)


    ""'I'm Not a Lesbian, I Just Loved Thelma': Lesbian Disavowals in Barnes and Woolf"." Center for the Study of Cultures, Rice University, Houston, TX. (April 2000)


    ""Joyce and Jean-Francois Lyotard"." Seventeenth International James Joyce Symposium, London, UK. (June, 2000)


    ""Sexual Disidentification Among Modernist Women Writers"." Modern Language Association, Washington, D.C.. (December, 2000)


    ""Was Djuna Barnes a Lesbian, and What Difference Does it Make?"." Modernist Studies Association, Philadelphia, PA. (October, 2000)


    ""Elegiac Homoeroticism in T. S. Eliot's Poetry"." Modern Language Association Conference, Chicago. (December 1999)


    ""Joyce and Rushdie: Errancy in 'Midnight's Children'"." James Joyce Conference, Charleston, South Carolina. (June 1999)


    ""On Not Naming Names: Virgina Woolf's Refusal of Homosexuality"." Virginia Woolf Conference, Wilmington, Delaware. (June 1999)


    ""Queer Modernism"." New Modernisms Conference, State College, Pennsylvania. (October 1999)


    ""Duffy's Subjectivation: James Joyce's 'A Painful Case' and Judith Butler's 'The Psychic Life of Power'"." Sixteenth Annual James Joyce Symposium, Rome, Italy. (June, 1998)


    ""McCourt's 'Angela's Ashes' and Irish National Identity"." American Conference for Irish Studies, Columbia, SC. (February 1998)


    "“Queer Inhumanity,” Beyond Queer, Beyond Human Conference, Rice University." Beyond Queer, Beyond Human, Houston, Texas. (September)

    Editorial Positions
     Member of the Editorial Board, James Joyce Quarterly. (2002 - 2002)

     Other, New York University Press. (2000 - 2000)

     Other, Cambridge University Press. Cambridge University Press. (2001 - 2001)

     Other, Southern Illinois University Press. (2001 - 2001)

     Other, Cambridge University Press. (2003 - 2003)

     Other, Syracuse University Press. (2013 - 2014)

     Other, Syracuse University Press. (2012 - 2013)

     Member of the Editorial Board, James Joyce Quarterly. (2012 - 2012)

     Reader, Cambridge University Press. (2000 - 2000)

     Reader, Signs. (1999 - 1999)

     Reader, Comparative Literature Studies. (2001 - 2001)

     Reader, National Women's Studies Association Journal. (1999 - 1999)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Dejan Kuzmanovic, PhD Early Modern British Literature. (2003) (Thesis Director)

     Andrew Yerkes, PhD Revolutionary Symbolism: American Leftist Writers of the 1930s. (2003) (Thesis Director)

     Dejan Kuzmanovic, PhD Homoerotic Influence in Forster, Gide, Stoker, and Wilde. (2003) (Thesis Director)

     Andrew Yerkes, Ph.D. "Leftist Fiction of the 1930s". (2004) (Thesis Director)

     Amelia Scholtz, PhD “Not Words But Things”: The Aestheticisation of Japan in Western Literature, 1880-1920. (2011) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Benjamin Saxten, PhD Grotesque Subjects: Dostoevsky and the Literature of the American South . (2012) (Thesis Director)

     Benjamin Saxton, PhD Grotesque Subjects. (2012) (Thesis Director)

     Ryan Kehoe, PhD Chosen Countries: Utopian Fictions and Political Fantasy in Early Twentieth-Century American Literature. (2013) (Thesis Director)

     Ryan Kehoe, PhD Chosen Countries. (2013) (Thesis Director)

     Suzanne Rindell, PhD Good Sports: Reassessing Female Athleticism in Modernist American Literature. (2013) (Thesis Director)

     Paul Case, PhD Southern Discomfort: Modernism an dPopular Culture in William Faulkner and James Agee. (2013) (Thesis Director)

     Paul Case, PhD Southern Discomfort. (2014) (Thesis Director)

     Suzanne Rindell, PhD The Other Typist. (2014) (Thesis Director)

     Matthew Walker, PhD Queer Southern Literature. (2014) (Thesis Director)

     Ryan Kehoe, PhD Chosen Countries. (2014) (Thesis Director)

     Jacob Speaks, Ph.D. "T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, J. M. Coetzee, and Djebar". (Thesis Director)

     Matthew Walker, PhD Queer Southern Literature. (Thesis Director)

     Brian Riedel, Ph.D. "Gay Urban Subculture in Contemporary Greece". (Thesis Committee Member)

     Suzanne Rindell, PhD Good Sports. (Thesis Director)

     Andrew Lazo, Ph.D. "Modern Medievalists: C. S. Lewis and J. R. Tolkien". (Thesis Director)

     Paul Case, PhD Southern Discomfort. (Thesis Director)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Nomination to the board of the Modern Language Association's Gay and Lesbian Caucus--election pending, Modern Language Assocation (Dec, 2004)

     Director, Modernist Studies Association annual conference at Rice University, Modernist Studies Association (January - October 2001)

     Member,, James Joyce Foundation

     Director, Third National Modernist Studies Association Convention, 2001, Modernist Studies Association

     Member, Virginia Woolf International Society

     Member, Virgina Woolf International Society

     Member, New Modernisms Association

     No Title, James Joyce Foundation

     Lesbian and Gay Caucus, Modern Language Association

     No Title, Virginia Woolf International Society