Jason S. Farr (Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 2013) researches and teaches courses in British literature and culture of the long eighteenth century, disability studies, gender and sexuality studies, queer theory, and gothic literature. His recent book from Bucknell University Press, Novel Bodies: Disability and Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century British Literature (Spring, 2019), examines how fictional representations of physical disability, deafness, and chronic illness shape the literary history of sexuality. Novel Bodies shows that Enlightenment authors imagine queer and disabled characters in their fiction to intervene in debates ranging from courtship to education, from feminism to medicine, and from kinship to chattel slavery. At the same time, these novelists, some of whom were themselves disabled, offer keen insight into the lived experiences of disability and non-normative genders and sexualities in the eighteenth century.
Currently, Farr is at work on two book projects. One of these is a creative biography about his deceased uncle Joe LeSueur, an author and poet who was intimate with Frank O’Hara and the New York School of poets. The book examines literature and poetry as vital transmitters of queer values across generations. The other project is an exploration of disability, deafness, and neurodiversity in the biography and writing of Samuel Johnson and his circle. Both projects share the objective of making visible overlooked cultural and literary histories of queerness and disability.
Before arriving to the Department of English at Marquette University, Dr. Farr served as Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi in South Texas (2014-18), and prior to that, he taught in the Literature Department at the University of California, San Diego. His courses often challenge students to think differently about disability, sexuality, gender, and race. Attuned to ongoing conversations about accessibility, he strives to establish more inclusive classrooms and communities. He has been hard of hearing for several years, and his atypical experience of sound and speech directly informs his research and teaching practices.
- Eighteenth-Century Fiction
- Gothic Fiction and Film
- Disability and Literature
- LGBTQ+ Literature and Culture
- Gender and Sexuality Studies
- First-Year Honors Seminar
- Literary Studies
- Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Studies
- Disability Studies
- Queer Studies
- Medical Humanities
“Crip Gothic: Affiliations of Disability and Queerness in Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto (1764),” in The Routledge Companion to Literature and Disability, 2020.
Novel Bodies: Disability and Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century British Literature, Bucknell University Press (Transits Series: Literature, Thought & Culture, 1650-1850) 2019.
“The Queer Kinship of Our Literary Lives: A Tribute to My Uncle Joe LeSueur (and Frank O’Hara),” The Rambling Issue 5, 2019.
Review of “Queer Friendship: Male Intimacy in the English Literary Tradition” by George Haggerty, Eighteenth-Century Fiction. 32.2 (2019): 355-357.
“Colonizing Gestures: Crusoe, the Signing Sovereign,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction. 29.4 (2017): 537-562.
“Libertine Sexuality and Queer-Crip Embodiment in Eighteenth-Century Britain,” in “New Queer Readings.” Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies. 16.4 (2016): 96-118.
“Homosexuality,” Encyclopedia of British Literature: 1660-1789, eds. Gary Day and Jack Lynch (Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell): 601-604, 2015.
“Sharp Minds/Twisted Bodies: Intellect, Disability, and Female Education in Burney’s Camilla (1796),” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation. 55.1 (2014): 1-17.
“Attractive Deformity: Enabling the ‘Shocking Monster’ from Sarah Scott’s Agreeable Ugliness,” in The Idea of Disability in the Eighteenth Century (Bucknell UP): 181-201, 2014.
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