Josh Adair

Associate Professor of English; Director, Racer Writing Center; Coordinator, Gender & Diversity Studies

"What I most fervently wish to communicate in my teaching of any subject is the interconnectedness of all things. When we draw arbitrary lines between subjects we limit perception, experience, and possibility. Striving to defamiliarize the familiar, whether it be the reading of a favorite poem or learning to view a beloved film critically, I coax students toward embracing a multiplicity of perspectives and seeing intersectionality in all things."

Josh Adair


Ph.D., English

Northern Illinois University

M. A., English

Western Illinois University

B.A., British and American Literature

Blackburn College

Graduate Certificates
Northern Illinois University
- LGBT Studies
- Museum Studies
- Women's Studies

Highlighted Publications

Disembodied Desire.” Notches. (2017).

"Safe as Houses."Older Queer Voices: The Intimacy of Survival. (2017).

Wilde Nostalgia: Queer Tradition in Beverley Nichols’s Garden Trilogies.” [sic]: A Journal of Literature, Culture, and Literary Translation. (2016).

“The Girl with the Gravestone Sidewalk: A Poetics of the Dead.” Supernatural Studies. 3.2 (2016): 80-96.

“The Art of Shrinking: Minority Stress, Coping, and Camp in Beverley Nichols's Merry Hall Trilogy.” (co-authored with Rebekah Goemaat). Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory 18.4(2016): 501-523.

The Victorian Era’s Strange Love of Disembodied Hands.Atlas Obscura. (2016).

“Yes/No Means No/Yes: (Non)Consensual Rhetoric.” (co-authored with Paul Walker) Writing on the Edge 26.1 (2015): 43-58.

The Suicide Survivor’s Guide to Crafts.” Harlot 14 (2015).

“Not Satisfied with the Ending: Connecting The World in the Evening to Maurice.” The American Isherwood. Eds. Jim Berg and Christopher Freeman. Minneapolis: U of MN P, 2015. 273-289.

"'Christopher wasn't satisfied with either ending': Connecting Christopher Isherwood's The World in the Evening to E. M. Forster's Maurice." Papers on Language and Literature 48.3: 302-331 (2012).

"'One must be ruthless in the cause of Beauty,' Beverley Nichols's and John Fowler's Queer Domesticity in 1950s England." Visual Culture and Gender 5 (2010).

"House Museum or Walk-In Closet? The (Non)Representation of Gay Men in the House Museums They Called Home." Gender and Sexuality in Museums: A Reader. Ed. Amy Levin. London: Routledge, September 2010.

"A Love That Cares Not Speak Its Name: Clive Durham as Narrative Guide in E. M. Forster's Maurice." SKASE Journal of Literary Studies 2.1 (2010).

Areas of Specialization

Design History

Film Studies

Gender Studies

Literary Theory

Modern, Contemporary British


Museum Studies

Postcolonial Literature

Rhetoric and Composition

Courses Taught

ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing and Inquiry

ENG 304 British Literature, 1760-Present

ENG 319/619 Gay and Lesbian Literature

ENG 321 Research in Literary Studies

ENG 401 Film Theory and Criticism

ENG 616 The Great House in British Fiction

ENG 650 Modern Drama

ENG 690 Queer Theory, Identity, and the Self

ENG 659 English Modernism

GDS 201 Introduction to Gender and Diversity Studies

GDS 351 Sexuality and Culture

GDS 351/690 Identity/Crisis? GDS seminar

GDS 600 Gender Theory and Research

HUM 211 Western Humanities Tradition

MFA Genre Seminars:

Virginia Woolf and Short Fiction

W. H. Auden

The Great House

Queer Spectrality and Rebecca

James Baldwin’s Essays and Poetry


Awards and Distinctions

MSU Faculty Development Grant, 2016.

MSU Outstanding Research Award, 2016.

Golden Key Fellowship, 2015.

College of Humanities and Fine Arts Teaching Excellence Award, 2014.

College of Humanities and Fine Arts Faculty Service Award, 2013.

Regents Residential College Faculty of the Year, 2012.

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

American Association of Museums

Modern Language Association

Midwest Modern Language Association

National Women's Studies Association



Dr. Josh Adair

7B-14 Faculty Hall

Murray State University

Murray KY 42071-3341