Degrees: Ph.D. (Brown) & B.A. (SFSU)

Email: steven.swarbrick@baruch.cuny.edu

About

I am an assistant professor of English at Baruch College, CUNY, where I teach courses in English Renaissance literature and environmental humanities. My research specialties include early modern English poetry, literary theory, and gender and sexuality studies. I am particularly interested in theories of reading and am working on a manuscript that explores the intersections among early modern poetry, psychoanalytic interpretation, and environmental thought.

My work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cultural Critique, Postmodern Culture, Journal of Narrative Theory, Journal for Cultural Research, Early Modern Culture, Criticism, postmedieval, Exemplaria, and Spenser Studies, as well as in several edited anthologies, including Queer Milton. I am also co-editor (with Karen Raber) of Afterlives of the Posthuman, a special issue of Criticism.

My current book project is titled Materialism without Matter: Environmental Poetics from Spenser to Milton. I am also working on a second book project, titled Shakespeare’s Earth: Elements, Affects, Climate Politics. Other ongoing projects include a book manuscript on the political ontology of Gilles Deleuze, provisionally titled Deleuze and the Intolerable: Cinema at the End of the World, and essays on early modern literature and disability.

I see my work as an interpretive project that uses critical discourses such as psychoanalysis to grapple with the unthought in everyday life. Whether I am interpreting a poem, film, or landscape, I am drawn to the enigmatic signs that make life a theorizing act. For an overview of my work, please click here.