Peter Lido


Research Interests: 

Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Literature; Law and Literature; LGBTQ Studies; Transatlantic/Southern Literature; Cinema Studies; Game Studies 

Dissertation Title: 

"Queer Honor: Masculinity and the Disavowal of Shame in Twentieth-Century Southern Literature"


Law, Culture, and Society


My primary field of inquiry is American literature from the late nineteenth-century to the present. Before coming to the University of Chicago, I lived in Atlanta, Georgia, where I earned my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in English from Emory University. There I produced my Master's Thesis, entitled "Rereading Madness, Sexuality, and Political Dissent in the Major Plays of Tennessee Williams." My current project turns to the Southern literary archive in order to explore the queer legacy and broad impact of "honor" as an animating cultural concept for contemporary American masculinity. I am also thinking about the disruptive effects of emergent narrative media—such as storytelling-based and hyper-textual gaming—on gender and on culture at large. Since 2013 I have also worked as a graduate reference assistant at the Special Collections Research Center at the Joseph Regenstein Library.

Teaching Experience: 

  • B.A. Preceptor (2016-2017)
  • Writing Intern in the Humanities Common Core (2016-2017)
  • Lecturer, "Outsiders in Southern Literature" (Spring 2015) 
  • Course Assistant, "Movies and Madness" (Fall 2013)
  • Course Assistant, "Oscar Wilde and His Contexts" (Spring 2013)
  • Course Assistant, "American Classics" (Winter 2012)