Looby, Christopher


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Ph.D. (1989), English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

M.A. (1981), B.A. (1979), Literature and History, Washington University.



American Literature, 18th-19th centuries; Sexuality Studies; historical and cultural approaches to literature; formalism and print culture.


Selected Recent Publications

“Of Billy’s Time: Temporality in Melville’s Billy Budd,” Canadian Review of American Studies (forthcoming, Spring 2015).

“The Literariness of Sexuality: or, How to Do the (Literary) History of (American) Sexuality,” American Literary History 25, 4 (Winter 2013), 841-54.

“The Man Who Thought Himself a Woman” and “Sexuality, History, Difficulty, Pleasure,” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists 1, 2 (Oct. 2013), 240-58.

“John Marcher’s Queer Timing,” The Henry James Review 33, 3 (Fall 2012), 265-71.

American Literature’s Aesthetic Dimensions, co-edited with Cindy Weinstein (Columbia Univ. Press, 2012).

“Sexuality’s Aesthetic Dimension: Kant and the Autobiography of an Androgyne,” in American Literature’s Aesthetic Dimensions, ed. Cindy Weinstein and Christopher Looby (Columbia Univ. Press, 2012), 156-77.

“Sexuality and American Literary Studies,” in A Companion to American Literary Studies, ed. Caroline Levander and Robert S. Levine (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), 422-36.

“Strange Sensations: Sex and Aesthetics in ‘The Counterpane,’” in Melville and Aesthetics, ed. Sam Otter and Geoffrey Sanborn (Palgrave 2011), 65-84.

“The Gay Novel in the United States, 1900-1950,” in A Companion to the Modern American Novel, 1900-1950, ed. John T. Matthews (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009) 414-36.

Come Again? New Perspectives on Nineteenth-Century U.S. Sexuality, special double issue of ESQ, 55: 3-4, co-edited with Christopher Castiglia (Fall 2009).