Joseph Boone

Professor Emeritus of English
Joseph Boone
Email Office THH 402G Office Phone (213) 740-2818


  • 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
  • Tenure Track Appointments

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

  • Conference Presentations

    • “Intersections and Interventions: Transnationalism, Middle Eastern Sexuality Studies, and the Homoerotics of Orientalism.” , Intersections: A ConferenceKeynote Lecture, English department, Invited, Cal State Univ, Northridge, Spring 2014
    • “Intersections, Interventions, and the Homoerotics of Orientalism” , university lectureLecture/Seminar, School of Social Analysis, Invited, University of Amsterdam, (May 2014), Spring 2014
    • “Intersections, Interventions, and the Homoerotics of Orientalism” , Narrative Transformations Lecture Series, HumanitiesLecture/Seminar, Heinrich-Heine-Universität /University of Dusseldo, Invited, Dusseldorf, Germany, Spring 2014
    • “Visions of Elsewhere and the Homoerotics of Orientalism” , Visions of Elsewhere, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiKeynote Lecture, Invited, Texas A&M, 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, Invited, Ohio State University, Spring 2012
    • “Revisiting Libidinal Currents” , Modernist Reading Group affiliated with Ohio State and Denison UniversitiesLecture/Seminar, Invited, Columbus OH, Spring 2012
  • Book

    • 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 Chapters

    • 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.
    • 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
    • Novel, “Expectations of Greatness.”
      Contemporary rewriting of Great Expectations, set in American South in 1960s and 1970s. 550 pages. Completed. Seeking representation., 2006
    • 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,
    • 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,
    • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Recipient, to complete “Melville Effect” project, 2022-2023
    • Stanford Humanities Center Fellowship, Marta Sutton Weeks Fellow, 2014-2015
    • Huntington Library Research Fellowship Recipient, USC-EMSI Summer Research Grant, 2014/06-2014/09
    • 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, 2008/05-2008/06
    • Bogliasco Foundation Residency Fellowship, Liguria Study Center for Humanities and Arts, Genova Italy, 2007/11/15-2007/12/19
    • 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, 2005/06-2005/07
    • USC Innovative Teaching Award, , 2001-2002
    • Valparaiso Foundation Residency Fellowship, Sapin, 2000/05-2000/06
    • 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
  • Administative Appointment

    • 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