2015-2016 Kemp Malone Speaker


portrait of heather love in front of a shelf of booksDr. Heather K. Love

University of Pennsylvania

The Kemp Malone Lecture and Seminar Series is happy to announce that our speaker for the 2015-2016 academic year is Heather K. Love. Dr. Love is the R. Jean Brownlee Term Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania.

A leading voice in queer and feminist theory and American studies, Love’s interests also include twentieth-century literature and culture, affect studies, sociology and literature, disability studies, film and visual culture, and critical theory. Her first book, Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History (2007) was a widely lauded examination of the “‘dark side’ of modern queer representation,” which was deemed a “a central text in the backward future of queer studies” by no less than Jack Halberstam. She was also the editor of a special issue of GLQ on Gayle Rubin entitled “Rethinking Sex” (2010) and the co-editor of a special issue of New Literary History entitled “Is There Life after Identity Politics?” (2000).

Her highly anticipated second book is tentatively entitled Practices of Description: Reading Love_Kemp Malone Posterthe Social in the Post-War Period. In it she traces developments in the social sciences from the 1950s through 1970s as well as contemporaneous developments in the arts as a way of discovering older models for the new empiricism currently called for by detractors of the humanities’ predominant model of critique. Selections from it have already appeared in differences, Modern Language Quarterly, Public Culture, and New Literary History.  

For more information about her publications and teaching, please see her webpage (with CV) here:

https://www.english.upenn.edu/people/heather-k-love