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Tuhkanen, Mikko Professor


My work is focused on 19th/20th-century American, and particularly African American, literature and its transnational contexts; as well as literary theory, particularly queer theory. I'm the author of The Essentialist Villain: On Leo Bersani (2018) and The American Optic: Psychoanalysis, Critical Race Theory, and Richard Wright (2009); the editor of Leo Bersani: Queer Theory and Beyond (2014); as well as the coeditor, with E. L. McCallum, of The Cambridge History of Gay and Lesbian Literature (2014) and Queer Times, Queer Becomings (2011). I have published further essays in American Literature, diacritics, differences, Cultural Critique, Modern Fiction Studies, GLQ, and elsewhere.

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