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Wayne Koestenbaum
Position: Distinguished Professor, Graduate School. English
Room Number: 4406.02
Office Hours: By appointment
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Princeton University; M.A., Creative Writing, The Johns Hopkins University; B.A., Harvard University.
Research Interests: Poetry and poetics; modern and contemporary literature; music; film; visual art; queer studies; cultural studies; performance; the essay; autobiography.
Specialization: Autobiography, Biography, and Life-Writing|Cultural Studies|Film and Literature|Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist/Queer Theory|Literature after 1945|Modernism|Poetics and Aesthetic Theory|Twenty-first-Century and Contemporary Literature|Visual Culture


  • The Cheerful Scapegoat:  Fables (Semiotext[e], forthcoming 2021).
  • Figure It Out:  Essays (Soft Skull, 2020).
  • Camp Marmalade (Nightboat Books, 2018).
  • Notes on Glaze:  18 Photographic Investigations (Cabinet Books, 2016).
  • The Pink Trance Notebooks (Nightboat Books, 2015).
  • My 1980s & Other Essays (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013).
  • The Anatomy of Harpo Marx (University of California Press, 2012).
  • Blue Stranger with Mosaic Background (Turtle Point Press, 2012).
  • Humiliation (Picador, 2011).
  • Hotel Theory (Soft Skull Press, 2007).
  • Best-Selling Jewish Porn Films (Turtle Point Press, 2006).
  • Model Homes (BOA, 2004).
  • Circus (or, Moira Orfei in Aigues Mortes).
  • Andy Warhol (Lipper/Viking, 2001).
  • Cleavage: Essays on Sex, Stars, and Aesthetics (Ballantine Books, 2000).
  • The Milk of Inquiry (Persea, 1999).
  • Jackie Under My Skin: Interpreting An Icon (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1995).
  • Rhapsodies of A Repeat Offender (Persea, 1994).
  • The Queen's Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire (Poseidon, 1993).
  • Ode to Anna Moffo and Other Poems (Persea, 1990).
  • Double Talk: The Erotics of Male Literary Collaboration (Routledge, 1989).