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Jodie Medd

Degrees:B.A. Honours (Queen’s University), M.A., Ph.D. (Cornell University)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2329
Office:1804 Dunton Tower

Research Interests

  • Modernism
  • Sexuality studies
  • Gender studies
  • Queer literature

Current Research

My research and teaching interests coalesce around two areas that I consider inseparable: modernism and the history of (queer) sexuality. My recent book, Lesbian Scandal and the Culture of Modernism (Cambridge University Press, 2012), examines how the scandalous suggestion of lesbianism in legal, legislative, national, and artistic realms in England and the United States functioned to mediate a range of cultural and artistic anxieties during and after the Great War. At the same time, I consider how the suggestion of lesbianism evaded specific reference while constituting lesbianism as a crisis of interpretation: If one can suggest lesbianism only to claim really to be talking about something else, then what does that tell us about the historical emergence and function of lesbianism as an identity category? What does it mean that lesbianism enters the public arena as a provocative suggestion whose meaning is always foreclosed by/as “something else”? Within these interests, I have published on trials and parliamentary debates related to the “extraordinary allegation” of lesbianism in the period, and on fiction that constructs lesbianism according to particular cultural discourses of the period. I have also taught courses on gender, sexuality, modernism, and queer theory.

My curiosity about the social and economic relations that underpin modernism has led to an evolving archival research project on modernism and patronage—with an eye to how modernist patronage relations often linked erotic, intimate, and financial economies.

My research also includes work on contemporary fiction that (re)writes the modernist past. In this area I have published on Jamie O’Neill’s At Swim, Two Boys, contributed a chapter to The Cambridge Companion to Gay and Lesbian Writing on contemporary queer fictional engagements with the past, and taught a course on “(Re)writing Modernism,” which considers how contemporary writers engage with the literature and history of the early twentieth century.

I have also authored a chapter on “Queer Fiction in Contemporary Britain” for The Blackwell Companion to British Literature, and I am presently editing The Cambridge Companion to Lesbian Literature.

Honours and Awards

FASS Teaching Award 2009

Carleton University Teaching Achievement Award 2005

SSHRC Standard Research Grant 2003

Recent Publications

The Cambridge Companion to Lesbian Literature.  Ed. Jodie Medd.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming.

“Queer Fiction in Contemporary Britain.” The Blackwell Companion to British Literature, Vol. IV: Victorian and Twentieth-Century Literature.  Eds.  Heesok Chang, Robert DeMaria, Jr., and Samantha Zacher.  Blackwell, John Wiley and Sons.  Forthcoming.

Lesbian Scandal and the Culture of Modernism.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012

“Encountering the Past in Recent Lesbian and Gay Fiction.” The Cambridge Companion to Gay and Lesbian Writing. Ed. Hugh Stevens. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

“‘Patterns of the Possible’: National Imaginings and Queer Historical (Meta)Fictions in Jamie O’Neill’s At Swim, Two Boys.” GLQ (Gay and Lesbian Quarterly) 13.1 (2007): 1-31.

“‘Seances and Slander’: Radclyffe Hall in 1920.” Sapphic Modernities.  Ed. Laura Doan and Jane Garrity. New York: Palgrave Press, 2006. 201-216.

“The Cult of the Clitoris: Anatomy of a National Scandal.” Modernism/Modernity 9.1 (January 2002): 21-49.  Reprinted in in Sexuality and Identity. Ed. Leslie J. Moran.  International Library of Essays in Law and Society Series.  Ashgate Publishing, 2006. 137-170.

Recent Presentations

October 2012. “Queer Modernist Historical (Be)longings.” Modernist Studies Association Conference.  University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

June 2011. “Edward Marsh: Affective Economies of Modernist Patronage.”  The Battle of the Brows, Cultural Distinctions in the Space Between, 1914-1945.  McGill University, Montreal.

November 2010. “Patronage and the Posthumous Production of Rupert Brooke.”  Modernist Studies Association Conference. Victoria, B.C.

May 2007. “Patronage and the Production of Rupert Brooke’s National Body.” At Portsmouth Symposium on English Literature, Portsmouth University.

October 2006. “Posthumous Queer Modernism.” At Modernist Studies Association Conference, Tulsa.

March 2005. “Modernist (Queer) Temporalities.” At Politically Queer/Queerly Political Speakers Series, Trent University.

October 2004. “‘A Most Mischievous and Dangerous Movement’: Seances, Slander, and Radclyffe Hall.” At Modernist Studies Association Conference, University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University.

Recent Graduate Courses

ENGL 5608: Queer Theory and the Production of Modernist Sexualities

ENGL 5608: Modernist Genders, Modernist Sexualities

ENGL 5608: Thinking Sex: Issues in Contemporary Critical Theories of Sexuality and Gender