Eliot “Eli” Dunn is a scholar working at the intersection of trans studies, contemporary literature, and queer digital cultures. They completed their doctorate in English at USC in 2023, where their dissertation examined time in digital transgender narratives from video games to memes to short fiction. In it they argue for a looping, multiversal transgender temporality which issues from a shared experience of gender misrecognition and its attendant feeling of doubling. The project finds that the trans temporal loop serves as a bridge between trans creators and the digital tools they manipulate, while also hinting at a path toward new vectors of narrative representation. Eli is now also at work on a project examining how fantasies of transmission, contagion and ‘community spread’ manifest themselves in queer literature published since PrEP debuted on the U.S. pharmaceutical market in 2012.
Eli is currently a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the University of Southern California’s Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies. They received their MA in English from the University of Virginia in 2016 and their BA from University of California, Irvine in 2011. When Eli isn’t working, you might find them getting burned at dog beach with Biscuit and Momo, waiting in line for yet another cold brew, or playing D&D.
- BA , Univ Calif Irvine
- MA , Univ Virginia
Summary Statement of Research Interests
Eli works on contemporary literature and narrative experiments from poetry to video games to streaming television. They are interested in how narrative form and structure impact viewers and readers, with a particular eye for narrative temporality and interactivity. They also dabble in fan studies and popular culture. Eli writes about everything from experimental queer autotheory to memes and Twitter.