Sarah McDaniel

Sarah McDaniel
Teaching Fellow
Cohort Year: 2016
Research Interests: Queer theory and queer studies; psychoanalysis; correspondence, letter-writing, and epistolarity; life-writing studies; 20th- and 21st-century British and American literature and life-writings; media studies; form and genre studies


I locate my work between queer theory, life-writing studies, and media studies. My dissertation project, provisionally titled Another World than This: Queer Correspondence and Transtemporal Mediation, proposes queer correspondence as a relational form, interpretive aperture, and methodological provocation. Bringing together a diverse array of queer epistolary sites drawn from across the long twentieth century – from Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis to contemporary activism responsive to so-called “Don’t Say Gay” legislation – the project argues for a new attentiveness to address in literary studies and the historiography of queer social movements.

Recent Courses

  • HMRT 23000 / GNSE 23137 Encountering AIDS: Queer Representations, Loss, and Memory (Spring 2022)
  • GNSE/ENGL 23127 Queer Letters and LGBTQ+ Lifeworlds (Fall 2020)