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Profile: Patricia Yaeger

Title: Professor
Ph.D., Yale  1980

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Primary Interests

20C-21C American literature and visual arts; material culture w/ focus on trash; cities and infrastructure; tragedy of the oceanic commons / ecocriticism$; southern fiction; feminist theory; literary theory; social geography; trash in modern/postmodern ethnic American literature, Flannery O'Connor and John Wayne in drag.


"Sea Trash, Dark Pools, and the Tragedy of the Commons," PMLA 2010; "Dreaming of Infrastructure," PMLA 2007; "The Death of Nature and the Apotheosis of Trash,or Rubbish Ecology" PMLA 2008; Dirt and Desire: Reconstructing Southern Women's Writing: 1930-1990, University of Chicago Press (2000; Narrative Society Award; SSSL Award); "The Geography of Identity" University of Michigan Press (1996); Nationalisms & Sexualities co-ed. Parker, Russo and Sommer, Routledge (1991); Refiguring the Father: New Feminist Readings of Patriarchy co-ed. Beth Kowalski-Wallace (1989); Honey-Mad Women: Emancipatory Strategies in Women's Writing, Columbia (1988); articles on "Circum-Atlantic Superabundance," "Dematerializing Culture: Faulkner's Trash Aesthetic," “Trash as Archive, Trash as Enlightenment,” "Southern Orientalism," "9/11: Rubbish as Archive," "Consuming Trauma," "The Poetics of Birth," "The Female Sublime," as well as southern cookbooks, feminism and dirty writing, Margaret Mitchell, Eudora Welty, Kate Chopin, Willa Cather, Flannery O'Connor, Charlotte and Emily Bronte, Bakhtin, Kristeva, Coleridge. Work in Progress: "Luminous Trash: America in an Age of Conspicuous Destruction," "Flannery O'Connor in Drag." Editor: PMLA, 2006-2011.

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