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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 and feminist studies
  • Queer literature

Current Research

My research and teaching interests coalesce around two areas that I consider inseparable: literary modernism and the history of (queer) sexuality. My first monograph, 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. Developing from these interests, I edited The Cambridge Companion to Lesbian Literature, which focuses on literature in English in a range of historical, geographical, theoretical, and generic contexts.

My curiosity about the social, erotic, affective, and economic relations that underpin modernism has led to an archival research project on modernist literary production and queer feeling. My work in this area includes an article on the “aesthetic intimacy” between E. M. Forster and T.E. Lawrence in Queer Bloomsbury (ed. Madelyn Detloff and Brenda Helt, Edinburgh U.P. 2016) and a forthcoming article on modernism and patronage, focused on the patron Edward Marsh and the poet Rupert Brooke.

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, and a chapter on “Queer Fiction in Contemporary Britain” for The Blackwell Companion to British Literature. Combining my interests in modernist queer feeling and temporality, I will be contributing a chapter on “Posthumous Queer Modernism” to the Routledge Companion to Queer Theory and Modernism (ed. Melanie Micir, forthcoming).

Finally, I have a project on “The Queerness of Parenting” that I hope to develop soon!

My teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level includes courses on gender, sexuality, modernism, and queer theory. I welcome inquiries about potential supervision from students working in literary modernism and/or queer studies.

Honours and Awards

  • Nominee, Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award (2017)
  • FASS Teaching Award (2009)
  • Nominee, Carleton Employee Recognition Award (2008)
  • Canada Council for the Arts, Author Residency Program (to host Ivan Coyote as Writer-in-Residence) (2007-08)
  • Carleton University Teaching Achievement Award (2005)
  • SSHRC Standard Research Grant (2003-07)


The Cambridge Companion to Lesbian Literature.  Ed. Jodie Medd.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

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

Recent Publications

“The Well of Loneliness,” Global Encyclopedia of LGBTQ History. Eds. Howard Chiang, et. al. Macmillan, forthcoming.

“ ‘I didn’t know there could be such writing’: The Aesthetic Intimacy of E.M. Forster and T.E. Lawrence,” Queer Bloomsbury. Eds. Madelyn Detloff and Brenda Helt. University of Edinburgh Press, 2016. 258-275.

“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, 2014. 424-439.

“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

“The queer intimacy of T.E. Lawrence and E.M. Forster,” Queering the Bloomsbury Group Roundtable. Modernist Studies Association Conference. Pasadena, CA. November 2016.

Invited participant, Workshop on “Lesbian Studies in Queer Times.” University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. April 2016.

“(Homo)national Capital and Affective Investments: The Queer Posthumous Production of Rupert Brooke.” Sexuality Studies Association Annual Conference, at the Canadian Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences. Ottawa, ON. June 2015.

Invited participant, Radcliffe Institute Workshop on “Writing Lesbianism into History and Representation,” Harvard University, Boston, MA. January, 2014.

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

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

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

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

Recent Graduate Courses

ENGL 5608: Reading Virginia Woolf: Then and Now
ENGL 5002: Queer Reading
ENGL 5608: Queer Theory and the Production of Modernist Sexualities