Michael Stablein, Jr.

Cohort Year: 2019
Research Interests: Performance studies; affect theory; queer theory; critical race theory; queer failure and negativity


In performance and on paper, Michael Stablein’s work is a sideways look at the social, literary, aesthetic, and political performances of straight white men in America and the circuits of violence and aggression in which they are often found. Analyzing coming-of-age literature, adolescent games, and public-facing cultural formations, the work isolates commonplace social rehearsals where the banal or quotidian performances of everyday life conceal spectacular violence, repression, failure, and the queer erotics concomitantly produced. Michael Stablein, Jr. is a joint-PhD student in English and Theatre and Performance Studies. 
(BFA, Florida State University; MFA, Columbia University)