Dr. Nat Hurley, ASSOCIATE Director


Dr. Nat Hurley (she/they) is Associate Director of the Intersections of Gender Signature area, Director of Media and Technology Studies, and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts (Dept of English & Film Studies). Her areas of research and teaching experience include: American literary culture and history (19th century in particularly) Children’s Literature, Queer Theory, Gay and Lesbian literary history, history of the book, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality studies, Intersectionality, Psychoanalysis, and Critical Theory more broadly.

She is the author of Circulating Queerness: Before the Gay and Lesbian Novel (Minnesota 2018), editor of a special double issue of ESC: English Studies in Canada on “Childhood and Its Discontents,” and co-editor (with Steven Bruhm) of Curiouser: On the Queerness of Children (Minnesota 2004). She has won the Hennig-Cohen Prize from the Melville Society (2018) and the Priestley Prize from the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (2012). She was also co-winner of the Foerster Prize from American Literature (2001). She is currently working on three research projects: (1) a SSHRC funded project titled “Kidless Lit: Children, Childhood, and Minor Kinship Forms”; (2) a monograph on psychoanalytic approaches to sexuality and children’s literature titled Sexuality Afterwards: Children’s Literature as Enigmatic Signifier; and (3) a co-written book (with Sean O’Brien and Amy de’Ath) on Anti-Social Reproduction.


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