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S. Lochlann Jain
Professor of Anthropology
BioProfessor Jain's research is primarily concerned with the ways in which stories get told about injuries, from car crashes to lung cancer, from mountain climbing deaths to space shuttle explosions. Figuring out the political and social significance of these stories has led her to the study of medicine, law, product design, medical error, and histories of engineering, regulation, corporations, and advertising.
Jain’s book, Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us (University of California Press, 2013), aims to better understand American life and culture through cancer. Nearly half of all Americans will be diagnosed in their lifetimes with an invasive cancer -- an all-too common component of American life. Through a combination of history, memoir, and cultural analysis, Malignant explores why cancer remains so confounding, despite the billions of dollars spent in the search for a cure.
Her widely reviewed book, Injury, (Princeton University Press, 2006) analyzes how some products come to be understood as dangerous, while others are perceived as inert (guns don’t kill people) -- and how these legal and social understandings can help better understand social and economic disparities as well as reflect on a history in which notions of responsibility and negligence have radically changed.
Lecturer, Iberian and Latin American Cultures
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsAnnotated Edition of Andres' Bello's Cuadernos de Londres
Professor of Computer Science and, by courtesy, of Music
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsComputer graphics & animation, physics-based sound synthesis, computational physics, haptics, reduced-order modeling
Assistant Professor of English
BioI study Victorian literature with emphasis on the novel and theories of sexuality. I am currently finishing my first book, Marriage, Masochism and the Victorian Novel. In it, I use lenses developed from sexuality studies to consider the body's necessity to the novel, an approach that demonstrates the limitations of a critical discourse focused on the deep, interiorized subjectivity of the novel's characters and on symptomatic readings of the marriage plot's conservative impulses.
My readings, centered on Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, Anthony Trollope's Can You Forgive Her? and The Way We Live Now, Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscur and D. H. Lawrence's Brangwen novels, trace the effects of what I call "supersensual" masochism on the idea of sexual and romantic partnership as it develops in the nineteenth-century novel. This term foregrounds the suspension of sexual satisfaction, the orchestration of scenes of humiliation with meticulously managed performances and reveals limits of both the Victorian "marriage plot" and contemporary criticism thereof.
I have recently presented or published work on Charles Dickens, D. H. Lawrence, Barbara Pym, Tom McCarthy and E. L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy.
Associate Professor of English
Current Research and Scholarly Interests20th-century culture and literature, especially poetry; digital humanities; art