Department of English

University of Toronto

Seitler, Dana

Dana SeitlerDana Seitler
Professor of English; Director, Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies
Office Phone: 416-978-8103
Office Location: University College Building, Room 249
Faculty Bookshelf
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: Thursday 3:30-4:40pm or by appointment

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

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


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

Selected articles
“Willing to Die: Addiction, Desire, and other Ambivalences of Living,” Cultural Critique Vol. 98 (Winter 2018).

“Suicidal Tendencies: Notes Toward a Queer Narratology of Non-Closure” (forthcoming GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies). 

“Strange Beauty: The Politics of Ungenre in Rebecca Harding Davis’s Life in the Iron Mills,” American Literature, 86: 3 (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
Broken Life: Withdrawal, Ecstasy, Biopolitics on addiction, suicide, and other forms of self-risk.


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