Chris Coffman

Professor of English

Professor Coffman holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and a Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies from the University of Southern California (2001) as well as a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Cornell University (1994).  Her research uses psychoanalytic, feminist, and queer theories to analyze twentieth and twenty-first century literature, visual art, and film from Great Britain, continental Europe, and the United States.  Her first monograph, Insane Passions: Lesbianism and Psychosis in Literature and Film, appeared in December 2006 from Wesleyan University Press;  her second, Gertrude Stein's Transmasculinity, is forthcoming in June 2018 from Edinburgh University Press. She has also written articles on psychoanalytic queer and trans theory, Franz Kafka's The Trial, James Joyce's Ulysses, Gertrude Stein's experimental writings, Monique Truoug's The Book of Salt, and Virginia Woolf's Orlando.  A past participant in a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar on “Modernist Paris,” she is currently at work on a third monograph called Queer Traversals as well as new articles on Woolf’s The Waves and Orlando

At UAF, Professor Coffman currently teaches courses about modernist literature, women’s literature, queer theory, and literary theory.  Having served as Coordinator of UAF’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program from 2009-2011, she is currently the Secretary of the International Comparative Literature Association’s Comparative Gender Studies Committee and UAF’s Organizational Vice President for United Academics.  Before moving to Fairbanks in 2005, she taught from 2001-2003 at the University of California, Santa Cruz and from 2003-2005 at California State University, Bakersfield.

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