Josh Adair

Josh Adair

Associate Professor of English; 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."


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

Defining Memory: Local Museums and the Construction of History in America's Changing Communities, Second Edition. Rowman & Littlefield. (co-edited with Amy K. Levin).

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).

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

Design History
Film Studies
Gender Studies
Literary Theory
Modern, Contemporary British
Museum Studies
Postcolonial Literature
Rhetoric and Composition

Murray State Faculty Development Grant, 2016.
Murray State 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.

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

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