Michael Moon

Michael Moon mmoon42674@yahoo.com
Professor of American Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Director, Studies in Sexualities

Michael Moon is Professor of American Studies and of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies.  He holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins, and has taught at Duke (1987-98), Johns Hopkins (1998-2006), and Emory (since 2006).  He is the author of Disseminating Whitman: Revision and Corporeality in Leaves of Grass (1991), A Small Boy and Others: Imitation and Initiation in American Culture from Henry James to Andy Warhol (1998), and Darger's Resources (2012), and is the editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Leaves of Grass.  A former editor of the journals American Literature and ELH, he has published widely, in venues ranging from October, Representations, and GLQ to Southern Spaces and Guttergeek, an on-line review of graphic narrative.  A former co-chair of the LGBT Caucus of the Modern Language Association and former chair of the English Institute, he is currently Director of Studies in Sexualities at Emory (http://sexualities.emory.edu/).  Moon taught some of the earliest university courses on gay & lesbian literature and, a few years later, with Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, on queer theory.  His current teaching focuses on questions about embodiment, writing, media, and the movement of texts across media.  He is planning to teach a new WGSS course in Spring 2013 on gender and sexuality in contemporary graphic narrative.  In addition to LGBT studies and queer theory, Moon's research concerns modern literature, literary theory, media and mass culture, with a particular emphasis on the cultural production of "outsider" communities.  He is currently at work on a study of the Arabian Nights in late twentieth-century avant-garde and mass cultures, especially in the work of Italian film director Pier Paolo Pasolini.