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Sarah E. Chinn
Position: Associate Professor
Campus Affiliation: Hunter College
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD Columbia University
Research Interests: 19th century US literature and culture, gender and sexuality

Tracks taught in MALS: American Studies; Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies


Articles: “‘I Was A Lesbian Child’: Queer Thoughts About Childhood Studies.” The Children’s Table: Childhood Studies and the Humanities. Ed. Anna Mae Duane. Athens: University of Georgia Press (forthcoming 2013).


“’Irreverence and the American Spirit’: Immigrant Parents, American Adolescents, and the Invention of the Generation Gap.” History by Generations: Generational Dynamics in Modern History. Hart Berghoff et al., eds. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2012.


“Masculinity & National Identity on the Early American Stage.” Literature Compass 9, 2 (February 2012).


“Performative Identities: From Identity Politics to Queer Theory.” SAGE Handbook of Identities. Eds. Margaret Wetherell and Chandra Talpade Mohanty. London: SAGE Publications, 2010. 104-124.


“‘No Heart for Human Pity’: The US-Mexican War, Depersonalization, and Power in E.D.E.N. Southworth and Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton.” Prospects: An Annual of American Cultural Studies 30 (2006).


“Gender, Sex, and Disability from Helen Keller to Tiny Tim.” Radical History Review 94 (2006).


“‘To Turn the Hearts of the Daughters toward their Mothers’: Immigrant Women, their American Daughters and Jane Addams’ Museum of Labor.” Our Sisters’ Keepers: Nineteenth-Century Benevolence Literature by American Women. Debra Bernardi and Jill Bergman, eds. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2005.


“Feeling Her Way: Audre Lorde and the Power of Touch.” GLQ special issue on Queer Studies and Disability Studies. Robert McRuer and Abby Wilkerson, eds. 9: 1-2 (2003).


“‘Something Primitive and Age-Old as Nature Herself’: Lesbian Sexuality and the Permission of the Exotic.” Palatable Poison: Critical Perspectives on The Well of Loneliness. Laura Doan and Jay Prosser, eds. New York: Columbia University Press, 2002.


With Kris Franklin, “Lesbians, Legal Theory, and other Superheroes” (review essay of Ruthann Robson’s Sappho Goes to Law School). NYU Review of Law & Social Change 25:2 (2000).

“A Show of Hands: Establishing Identity in Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson” Nineteenth Century Studies 19.1 (1999).


“Sarah Pratt McLean Greene.” American Women Prose Writers 1870-1920. Dictionary of Literary Biography. Sharon Harris et al., eds. Washington, D.C.: Gale Research, 1999.


“Gender Performativity.” Lesbian and Gay Studies: A Critical Introduction. Sally R. Munt and Andy Medhurst, eds. London and New York: Cassell Books, 1997.


“Queering the Institution or Just Institutionalizing Queers?” Tilting the Towers: Lesbians/Teaching/ Queer Subjects, Linda L. Garber, ed. New York: Routledge, 1994.


With Mario DiGangi and Patrick Horrigan, “Interview with Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick” Pre/Text v.13, 51-57 (Fall/Winter 1992).


With Kris Franklin, “’I Am What I Am’ (Or Am I?): The Making and Unmaking of Lesbian and Gay Identity in High Tech Gays v. Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office,” Discourses 15.1 (Fall 1992).


About Professor Chinn and her Recent Scholarship: Sarah Chinn’s work primarily explores questions of race, sexuality, and gender in U.S. literature and culture, particularly in the 19th century. She teaches a wide range of courses from Nineteenth Century Women Writers to Early American Drama to Literary Theory to Multicultural American Literature. She is the author of Technology and the Logic of American Racism: A Cultural History of the Body as Evidence (Continuum, 2000) and The Invention of Modern Adolescence: Children of Immigrants in Turn-of-the-Century America (Rutgers University Press, 2008). She is currently working on two book-length projects: Spectacular Men: Race, Gender, and Nation on the Early American Stage, 1780-1830, and Feeling Our Way: The Ethics of Lesbian Writing.


Her recent publications include an article on Audre Lorde in GLQ, on lesbian sexuality and exoticism in the collection Palatable Poison: Critical Perspectives on The Well of Loneliness (Columbia University Press, 2002), and on the Hull-House Labor Museum in the collection Our Sisters’ Keepers: American Women Writers and Poverty Relief (University of Alabama Press, 2005). She has guest edited issues of WSQ andTransformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy.