Joseph Boone

Professor of English, Gender Studies and Comparative Literature

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-2818
Office: THH 402G

Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A. English summa cum laude with honors, Duke University, 6/1974
  • M.A. English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 8/1976
  • Ph.D. novel as genre, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1/1982

  • Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

    • Associate and Full Professor, University of Southern California, 01/01/1991-  
    • Associate and Assistant Professor, Harvard University, 01/01/1982-01/01/1990  

    Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    Professor Boone researches the novel as genre, gender and queer studies, narrative theory, and modernism. The author of four books, his articles have appeared in publications such as PMLA, Novel, Contemporary Literature, Modern Fiction Studies and South Atlantic Quarterly. He served as Chair of the Department from 2001-2005.


    • Boone, J. A. (2000). Coed., Queer Frontiers: Millennial Geographies, Genders, Go West and Generations, Wisconsin, 2000. 411. U of Wisconsin P.
    • Boone, J. A. (1998). Libidinal Currents: Sexuality and the Shaping of Modernism, Chicago, 1998. U of Chicago Press.
    • Boone, J. A. (1990). Coed., Engendering Men: The Question of Male Feminist Criticism, Routledge,1990.
    • Boone, J. A. (1987). Tradition Counter Tradition: Love and the Form of Fiction, Chicago,1987. U of Chicago Press.

    • Boone, J. A. (2010). "Modernist Re-Orientations: Imagining Homoerotic Desire in the 'Nearly' Middle East". pp. 42 ms pp. Modernism/Modernity17.3 (September 2010): 561-605..

    • Boone, J. A. (2011). Coed., Special Issue PMLA: "Celebrity, Fame, Notoriety". PMLA.

    Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

    • Musical Drama, CON-MAN: A Musical Apocalypse (book-libretto musical inspired by Herman Melville novel The Confidence Man; premiered Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, 1Jan 2004; 2:45 hours playing time); LA premiere in April 2010 at the University Village Theater,under auspices of Voices and Visions Program,starring John Fleck and directed by David Schweizer, 2003-  
    • Tiffany Mills Dance Co, NYC, invited to write the libretto to a new dance work by T. Mills Dance Co based in NYC. Multimedia collaboration with Carlos Vasquez, Puerto Rican composer, Fall 2009   
    • Musical Drama, Librettist/writer for full cast production of musical adaptation of Melville novel, CON-MAN, USC Village Gate Theatre, auspices of Visions and Voices, April 23-25, 2010, Spring 2010   

    Honors and Awards

    • Residency at the National Humanities Center, M. H. Abrams and NEH Fellow, 2009-2010   
    • USC Advancing Research in the Soc Sci and Humanities (ARSSH) Award ($20,000), 2009-2010   
    • Director (Invited), "Modern Love," Durrell School of Corfu, Greece, 5/2008-6/2008  
    • Bogliasco Foundation Residency Fellowship, Liguria Study Center for Humanities and Arts, Genova Italy, 11/15/2007-12/19/2007  
    • USC Zumberge Research and Innovation Fund Award, Zumberge Senior Fellowship Award, 2006-2007   
    • Huntington Library Research Fellowship Recipient, Early Modern Studies Institute Senior Fellowship, Fall 2006   
    • Fulbright Award, "Crossings Institute" Professor, Bogazici Univ., Istanbul Turkey, 6/2005-7/2005  
    • USC Innovative Teaching Award, 2001-2002   
    • Valparaiso Foundation Residency Fellowship, Sapin, 5/2000-6/2000  
    • USC Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award, best book prize for Libidinal Currents: Sexuality and the Shaping of Modernism, 1999  
    • Rockefeller Fellowship Recipient, Rockefeller Fellow, Bellagio, 1998  
    • MLA Crompton-Noll Award, Best Essay in Gay and Lesbian Studies, 1996  
    • Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient, academic project, 1995-1996  
    • Irvine Foundation Diversity Research Grant, 1992-1993   
    • UC Davis Humanities Institute Fellowship, 1990-1991  
    • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship Recipient, Senior Fellowship Grant, 1990-1991   
    • Levenson Teacher of Year Harvard U Junior Faculty Finalist, 1985-1986   
    • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship Recipient, Fellowship Grant for Recent Recipients of the PhD, 1984-1985   
    • Levenson Teacher of Year Harvard U Junior Faculty Finalist, 1984-1985   

    Service to the Profession

    Administrative Appointments
    • Chair, Department of English, 09/2002-08/2006  

    • Editorial Board, PMLA (profession's flagship journal; six appointed to board internationally for term), 2001-2003  
    • Member, Advisory Committee to the PMLA Editorial Board, 1994-1997  
    • Chair, MLA Division on Prose Fiction, Chair for 1996, 1993-1997  

    Editorships and Editorial Boards
    • Co-Editor, Special Issue: Celebrity, Fame, and Notoreity, PMLA, 2009-2011  
    • Editorial Board (one of six, internationally selected), PMLA, 2001-2003