Carmen Merport

Email: 

cmerport@uchicago.edu

Research Interests: 

20th-Century American Literature; Aesthetic Theory; Literature and Visual Art

Dissertation Title: 

Ripped from the Pages of Life: Sensation and Banality in Postwar American Photonarrative Art

Workshops: 

American Cultures, 20th/21st Century 

Publications: 

“Reading Color: Looking Through Language in Warhol,” forthcoming in Criticism.
 
“(Re)pose/(Death)mask: The Visual Language of the Photographic Portrait,” There was a whole collection made: Photography from Lester and Betty Guttman, exhibition catalogue for the Smart Museum, University of Chicago.

Biography: 

Carmen Merport is a PhD candidate and a Mellon Foundation Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Chicago.  She has also been a fellow of the Chicago Center for Teaching since 2015. Carmen received her BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2010. Her fields of study include twentieth-century American literature and visual culture, affect theory, contemporary art history, and cultural studies. Her dissertation, “Ripped from the Pages of Life: Sensation and Banality in Postwar American Photonarrative Art,” examines the political implications of the work of Andy Warhol, James Baldwin, ASCO, and General Idea in the context of the photojournalistic aesthetics developed by American mass-circulation picture magazines in the twentieth century.

Teaching Experience: 

Lecturer for “Queer Arts After Stonewall”  (co-taught with Lauren Berlant) (2015).
Course Assistant for “Shakespeare II” (2014), “Introduction to Fiction” (2015), “Contemporary Graphic Narratives (2015).”