Department of English

University of Toronto

Seitler, Dana

Dana SeitlerDana Seitler
Associate Professor of English
Office Phone: 416-946-3494
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 627
Faculty Bookshelf
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: Thursday 3:30-4:30 or by appointment

M.A., Ph.D. (University of Chicago)

Dana Seitler is Associate Professor of American Literature in the Department of English at the University of Toronto. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literatures and cultures, feminist theory, queer theory and sexuality studies, cultural studies of science, visual culture, and aesthetics. She is also an affiliated faculty member at the Centre for the Study of the United States and the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies.


Atavistic Tendencies: The Culture of Science in American Modernity (University of Minnesota Press, Fall 2008).

Selected articles
“Strange Beauty: The Politics of Ungenre in Rebecca Harding Davis’s Life in the Iron Mills,” American Literature, forthcoming September 2014.

“Making Sexuality Sensible: Tammy Rae Carland and Catherine Opie’s Queer Aesthetic Forms” in Feeling Photography, ed. Thy Phu and Elspeth Brown (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2014).

“Unnatural Selection: Mothers, Eugenic Feminism, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Regeneration Narratives,” American Quarterly (March 2003). 
Reprinted in Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Patricia Lengermann and Gillian Niebrugge-Brantley, eds. (Ashgate, 2013).

“Freud’s Menagerie,” Genre: Forms of Discourse & Culture (Spring/Summer 2005). 

“Queer Physiognomies, or How Many Ways can we do the History of Sexuality?” Criticism (Winter 2004).

The Crux, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Editor with an introduction (Durham: Duke University Press, 2003).

Current Research
Seitler is currently working on two books. The first, entitled The Art of Sex: Gender, Sexuality, and Aesthetics in Modern American Culture, is generously supported by an Insight Grant from the Social Science Humanities Research Council; the other, entitled Broken Life, is in the beginning stages and focuses on the aesthetics of refusal, renunciation, and irresolution by engaging with nineteenth-century suicide plots.


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