Christian P. Haines
Assistant Professor of English
My primary research and teaching interests are American literature (especially nineteenth-century and post-WWII), critical theory, continental philosophy, queer theory and gender studies, and utopian studies. My current book project, A Desire Called America: Biopolitics, Utopia, and the Literary Commons, examines how representations of bodies/biologies in nineteenth-century and contemporary U.S. literature develop a utopian imagination of post-capitalist, post-nationalist Americas. Additionally, I am doing research for a second book project on finance capital and culture, tentatively entitled Finance as a Way of Life. I'm also completing an article on the contemporary relevance of Walt Whitman for thinking about politics and another article on Russell Banks's fiction in relation to maroonage.
“The Impersonal is Political: Adrienne Rich’s The Dream of a Common Language, Feminism, and the Art of Biopolitics.” Cultural Critique. Special Issue: “What Comes After the Subject?” (Forthcoming).
“Life After the Subject,” with Sean Grattan, Introduction to Special Issue of Cultural Critique: “What Comes After the Subject?” (Forthcoming).
“Paradise Actually Exists: Biopolitics and Utopian Praxis in William S. Burroughs’sThe Place of Dead Roads.” Genre 47.2 (Summer 2014): 175-202
“The Scored Life: Financialization in Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story.” The Third Rail 3 (Fall 2014): 44-47.
“Life’s Entanglements with Writing: A Review of Christopher Breu’s Insistence of the Material: Literature in the Age of Biopolitics and Arne de Boever’s Narrative Care: Biopolitics and the Novel.” Textual Practice 29.5 (June 2015): 1017-1026.
“Oscillations prolétaires: Poésie du travail, travail de la poésie chez Arthur Rimbaud et Walt Whitman [Proletarian Oscillations: the Poetry of Labor, the Labor of Poetry in Arthur Rimbaud and Walt Whitman].” Parade Sauvage: Revue d’études rimbaldiennes 23 (Fall 2012): 65-101.
“Life in Crisis: The Biopolitical Ambivalence of Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent.” Criticism 54.1 (Winter 2012): 85-115.
“Corporeal Time: The Cinematic Bodies of Arthur Rimbaud and Gilles Deleuze.” Angelaki: A Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 16.2 (Winter 2011): 103-26.
“Specters of the Dialectic: A Review of Fredric Jameson’s Valences of the Dialectic.” Cultural Critique 77 (Winter 2011): 241-247.
“On Subaltern Finance, or, the B-Side of Neoliberalism,” Futures of American Studies Institute, Dartmouth College, Hanover, June 25, 2015. Plenary.
"Walt Whitman's Afterlives: Biopolitics, Living Labor, and the Utopian Impulse (1855-2014)," American Communities Program: “Biopolitical Afterlives,” California State University, Los Angeles, October 31, 2014. Plenary.
“But My Body Says It’s True: On Criticism in Biopolitical Times,” Keynote Lecture, Annual Critical Theory Symposium: “Biopolitics and Ideology,” Macalester College, Saint Paul, April 25, 2014. Plenary.
Works in Progress
“A Financial Derivative Walks into a Bar: Real Abstraction and the Comedy of Finance” (Under Review). Word Count: 12, 368.
“The Bottom Edge of Biopolitics: Maroonage, Naturalism, and Intellectual Life in Russell Banks’s Fiction” (Article). Solicited for Arizona Quarterly, Special Issue: “Biopolitics and American Literature.”
“When Liberation Coincides with Total Destruction: Walt Whitman in Post-Katrina New Orleans and the Second Gulf War” (Article). Draft being prepared for submission.
“The Body Utopian; or, Life and Literature at the Intersection of Biopolitics and Utopian Studies.” The Next Generation: Emerging Voices in Utopian Studies. Ed. Phillip Wegner. Peter Lang. (Accepted.) Word Count: 10, 864.
Selected Works and Activities
Contributing Editor, Angelaki: A Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, Spring 2012-present.