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Joseph Boone

Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and Gender Studies

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

Curriculum Vitae


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

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.

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

""Intersections and Interventions: Transnationalism, Middle Eastern Sexuality Studies, and the Homoerotics of Orientalism." ", Intersections: A Conference, Keynote Lecture, Cal State Univ, Northridge, English department, Invited, Spring 2014   
""Intersections, Interventions, and the Homoerotics of Orientalism"", university lecture, Lecture/Seminar, University of Amsterdam, (May 2014), School of Social Analysis, Invited, Spring 2014   
""Intersections, Interventions, and the Homoerotics of Orientalism"", Narrative Transformations Lecture Series, Humanities, Lecture/Seminar, Dusseldorf, Germany, Heinrich-Heine-Universität /University of Dusseldo, Invited, Spring 2014   
""Visions of Elsewhere and the Homoerotics of Orientalism"", Visions of Elsewhere, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Keynote Lecture, Texas A&M, Invited, Spring 2014   
""Creating a Queer Archive in the Public Eye: The Case of Reşad Ekram Koçu’s Istanbul Ansiklopidesi." ", Queer Places, Practices, and Lives: A Symposium in Honor of Samuel Steward. , Keynote Lecture, Ohio State University, Invited, Spring 2012   
""Revisiting Libidinal Currents" ", Modernist Reading Group affiliated with Ohio State and Denison Universities, Lecture/Seminar, Columbus OH, Invited, Spring 2012   



Boone, J. A. (2014). The Homoerotics of Orientalism. NYC, NY: Columbia University Press.
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.

Book Chapter

Boone, J. A. (2009). The Meaning of Elvedon in The Waves". Virginia Woolf: An MFS Reader.
Boone, J. A. (2007). "Wuthering Heights: Uneasy Wedlock and Unquiet Slumbers" (rpt. from ch. 4, Tradition Counter Tradition). (Chelsea House Publishers, 2007): Wuthering Heights--Emily Bronte, Updated Edition.
boone, j. a. (2003). "Sex Wars on the Frontier: Race, Homophobia, and Colonialism in Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook". Imperial Desires: Dissident Sexualities and Colonial Literature.


Boone, J. A. (2014). "Catching Loti's Drift". Criticism.
boone, j. a. (2014). "European Travelogues and Ottoman Sexuality: Sodomitical Crossings Abroad, 1600-1850". ed. Tortorici et al.
boone, j. a. (2011). "Celebrity Rites" coauthored with Nancy Vickers, PMLA. pp. 900-911. NYC NY. PMLA Special Issue "Celebrity, Fame, Notoriety".
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..

Journal Article

boone, j. a. (2013). "Creating a Queer Archive in the Public Eye: The Case of Resad Ekram Koçu." Accepte. GLQ: A Journal and Lesbian and Gay Studies, Aug. 2013. pp. 44.
boone, j. a. (2013). "Epic Ambitions and Egyptian Fantasies: The Hetero-Homoerotics of Mailer’s Ancient Evenings.". Contemporary Literature.


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

Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

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   
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   
Novel, "Expectations of Greatness." Contemporary rewriting of Great Expectations, set in American South in 1960s and 1970s. 550 pages. Completed. Seeking representation., 2006-  
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-  

Honors and Awards

Stanford Humanities Center Fellowship, Marta Sutton Weeks Fellow, 2014-2015   
Huntington Library Research Fellowship Recipient, USC-EMSI Summer Research Grant, 6/2014-9/2014  
USC Advancing Research in the Soc Sci and Humanities (ARSSH) Award ($20,000), 2009-2010   
Residency at the National Humanities Center, M. H. Abrams and NEH Fellow, 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  
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