Educational Background

  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • B.A., Pomona College

Teaching Interests

  • Feminist Theory
  • Queer Theory
  • Men & Masculinities
  • Criminality and Deviance
  • Gender, Sexuality, and New Media
  • Disability Studies

Research Interests

  • U.S. Literature and Culture, 1865-present
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Modernism
  • Literary and Critical Theory
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Graphic Narrative/Comic Book Studies

Scott St. Pierre is an interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersection of gender, sexuality, and literary studies.  His primary research investigates the sexual politics of style, exploring how style in modern Western culture is politicized as an attestation of sexuality and gender.  Critiquing the ways in which stylistic analysis is deployed to discipline and marginalize minority sexual subjects, he argues against the normalizing forces that have in the 20th and 21st centuries authorized such readings; instead he devises alternative, less sexually diagnostic frameworks for understanding style.  This work forms the basis for his first book project, entitled Abnormal Tongues: Modernity and the Sexual Politics of Style.  Other work includes the first full-length monograph on queer representation in the writing of Truman Capote, tentatively called A Dishonest Heart: The Queer Capote.

Selected Publications

"Psychoanalytic Criticism and the Sexual Politics of Style." Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts (forthcoming 2017).

"'Bent on Candor': Gossip, Shame, and Capote's Answered Prayers." Textual Practice: An International Journal of Radical Literary Studies 30.4 (2016): 711-734.  

"Faggoty/White/Uniform: Gays in the Military and A Few Good Men." In Media Res: Race, Identity, and Pop Culture in the Twenty-First Century.  Ed. James Peterson (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2014).  

"Fruitcake Weather: Queer/Disabled Community in Truman Capote's 'A Christmas Memory.'" Disability Studies Quarterly 34.1 (January 2014).  

"A Personal Quantity: On Sexuality and Jamesian Style." The Henry James Review 33.2 (Summer 2012): 110-126.  

"Bent Hemingway: Sexuality, Straightness, Style." GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 16.3 (2010): 363-387.


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