Laura Westengard


Office:
» Namm Hall 503 (N-503)


Phone:
» 718.260.5761


E-mail:
» lwestengard
   @citytech.cuny.edu


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Laura Westengard, Assistant Professor

Laura Westengard earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Riverside, and she holds an M.A. from the University of California, Riverside and a B.A. from California State University, San Bernardino. Her research and teaching interests include American literature and culture after 1900, queer studies, cultural studies, trauma studies, intersectional feminism, Gothicism, composition, and developmental writing. Her current book project, Gothic Queer Culture, proposes the existence of a 20th and 21st century queer culture that responds to and challenges traumatic marginalization by creating a distinctly "Gothic" aesthetic. Using a cultural studies approach to examine the Gothicism in queer art and literature–live burial in lesbian pulp fiction, monstrosity in AIDS poetry, sadomasochism in trans* performance art, the undead in contemporary film and television–the book argues that queer culture is Gothic at its core. She is also co-editing the collection 25 Sitcoms that Changed Television: From I Love Lucy to Modern Family (ABC/CLIO, 2017) with her colleague, Dr. Aaron Barlow. This collection explores American culture after 1945 through the analysis of television sitcoms and their cultural resonances.

Courses Taught:

ENG 3407: Gothic Literature and Visual Culture
ENG 3402: Special Topics in Literature (Theme: "Vampires in 20th and 21st Century American Literature, Film, and Television")
ENG 2180: Studies in Identity and Orientation (Theme: "Identity Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Literature")
ENG 2000: Perspectives in Literature (Themes: "Outsider Literature," "Gender and Sexuality Through Literature")
ENG 1101: English Composition I
ENG 092W: Developmental Writing II

Education:

Ph.D., English, University of California, Riverside
M.A., English, University of California, Riverside
B.A., English, with highest honors, California State University San Bernardino

Academic Interests:

American literature and culture after 1900, queer studies, cultural studies, trauma studies, intersectional feminism, Gothicism, composition, developmental writing

Publications:

Referred

  • "'Conquering Immortality': Gothic AIDS Literature as Queer Futurity in Gil Cuadros' City of God." JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory. 45.2 (2015): 274-300. Print.
  • "Vampire Fantasy: Twilight's Post-9/11 Neoqueer Vampires." Assuming Gender. Special Issue "Neoliberal Gender, Neoliberal Sex." 5.1 (2015). Web.

Edited Books

  • "Gothic Gaga: Monstrosity, Trauma, and the Strategic Artifice of Lady Gaga's Pop Stardom." Star Power: The Impact of Branded Celebrity. Ed. Aaron Barlow. Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2014. Print.
  • Write It: A Process Approach to College Essays with Readings (Third Edition), Instructor’s Manual. Co-authored with Kimberly Turner, Jim Condon, Joshua Fenton, Helen Lovejoy, and Megan MacAlystre. Dubuque: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, 2011.
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