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Chris Freeman

October 2013

Dr. Chris Freeman Curriculum Vitae October 2013

Teaching Positions

2012-present: Associate Professor (Teaching), Dornsife College, USC

2006-12: Lecturer, University of Southern California

2003-05: Associate Professor, English, St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN

1995-2003: Assistant Professor, English, St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN

1993-95: Lecturer, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN


Ph. D. English, 1993, Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)

Major Fields of Concentration: Gender Studies; Literary Theory/Cultural Studies;

Modern British and American Literature

Dissertation: “Desiring Men: Sexual Politics and Anxiety in Literary Modernism”

(Professor Vereen Bell, director)

M. A. English, 1989, Vanderbilt University

Thesis: “Maurice: E. M. Forster’s ‘Explosion of Rage against the World’”

B. A. English, 1987, Berry College (Rome, GA) Valedictorian and summa cum laude

Fellowships and Awards

National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Seminar participant, “Oscar Wilde and His Circle,” June-July 2012, Clark Library, Los Angeles

Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Love, West Hollywood, 2009

Lambda Literary Award nominee for Under the Rainbow, 2007

Finalist, Teaching Excellence Award, USC Parents Association, 2006

Winner, Monette-Horwitz Trust Award, 2005

Winner, Lambda Literary Award, Gay Studies, for The Isherwood Century, 2001

Ahmanson Research Fellowship, UCLA Special Collections, 1999

Advising Award, Humanities, St. John’s University, 1997-98

Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation-Year Fellowship at Vanderbilt, 1992-93

University Graduate Fellowship, Vanderbilt, 1987-92


  • The American Isherwood: Christopher Isherwood in the Twenty-first Century with James Berg. The University of Minnesota Press (accepted/publication expected Fall 2014).

  • “Christopher Isherwood and the Limits of Camp” under review in a cluster on Camp and Modernism for Modernism/Modernity by Johns Hopkins Univ. Press.

  • “Fellow Travelers: Isherwood and Auden” with James Berg, in The Cambridge Companion to W.H. Auden. Cambridge Univ. Press, 2013.

  • “‘Jake, I swear’: The Promise of Brokeback Mountain” in The Brokeback Book, edited by William Handley, University of Nebraska Press, 2011.

  • “Isherwood the Multiculturalist” with James Berg, The Chronicle of Higher Education: Chronicle Review LVI: 18 (January 15, 2010): B13-15.

  • Fine on Acting: A Vision of the Craft by Howard Fine with Chris Freeman, Havenhurst Books, 2009.

  • “Paul Monette.” Entry for the Dictionary of Literary Biography vol. 350. Gale, 2009.

  • “Jim Grimsley.” Biographical essay for Encyclopedia of Contemporary LGBTQ Literature of the United States, edited by Emmanuel Nelson, Greenwood Press, 2009.

  • “Lives in Art: Isherwood and Bachardy.” Cover Story, GLR, September-October, 2008.

  • Love, West Hollywood: Reflections of Los Angeles, edited with introduction by Chris Freeman and James Berg, Alyson Press, May, 2008.

  • Under the Rainbow: An Intimate Memoir of Judy Garland, Rock Hudson and the End of Old Hollywood. By John Carlyle; edited with an introduction by Chris Freeman, preface by Robert Osborne. Carroll and Graf, Fall 2006. (Paperback, Fall 2007).

  • Conversations with Christopher Isherwood. Edited by Chris Freeman and James Berg. The University Press of Mississippi, 2001.

  • The Isherwood Century: Essays on the Life and Work of Christopher Isherwood. Edited by Chris Freeman and James Berg. The University of Wisconsin Press, 2000.

  • “Making Fun out of It”: Rethinking The World in the Evening and Isherwood’s “Lost Years” in The Isherwood Review, 2004.

  • Entries The Encyclopedia of American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History and Culture: Essays on Armistead Maupin, Gore Vidal, Bill Tilden, and Paul Monette, Scribner’s, edited by Marc Stein, 2004.

  • Essay for The Isherwood Encyclopedia (edited by David Garrett Izzo) on The World in the Evening, 2004.

  • Essays on Christopher Isherwood and Paul Monette for The Encyclopedia of Literature and Politics, edited by M. Keith Booker, 2004.

  • “‘Something they did in the dark’: Lesbian and Gay Novels in the US, 1948-73,” in Modern American Queer History, ed. Allida Black, Temple University Press, 2001.

  • Essays in Issues and Identities in Literature. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 1997.

    • “Gay Identity in American Literature”

    • “Tony Kushner”

    • “Angels in America”

    • “William Styron’s Darkness Visible

Reviews and Journalism

Desire and Its Discontents by Eugene Goodheart. In South Atlantic Review, Nov, 1995.

Effeminate England by Joseph Bristow. In South Atlantic Review, Winter, 1997.

My Drowning by Jim Grimsley, in Evergreen Chronicles, Spring, 1997.

The Beauty of Men by Andrew Holleran, in Evergreen Chronicles, Fall, 1996.

Freaks Talk Back by Joshua Gamson. In Men and Masculinities, Winter, 1999.

The Wedding Complex by Elizabeth Freeman in LGHR, Spring, 2003.

For Variety: feature on the history of GLAAD, April, 2006.

Gay Los Angeles by Stuart Timmons & Lillian Faderman, review for WeHo News, Fall, 2006.

For The Advocate: articles on David Hockney: Portraits; the opera “Grendel”; author Stephen MacAuley; review of Andrew Holleran’s Grief; review of teen-lit novels, 2006.

Feature on artist Don Bachardy for Frontiers, Los Angeles, July, 2008.

Feature on filmmaker Donna Deitch, for Frontiers, July, 2008.

Feature on gay historian Boze Hadleigh, Frontiers, July, 2008.

What Becomes You by Aaron Raz Link & Hilda Link, review for White Crane Review, Fall, 2008.

Feature on actor Leslie Jordan, Frontiers, November, 2008.

Feature on Outfest executive director Kirsten Schaeffer, June 2009.

Feature on novelist Ben Patrick Johnson, Frontiers, June, 2009.

Feature for The Advocate online: “The Professor on the Dance Floor—Hot Stuff by Alice Echols,” July, 2011.

Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review/The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide

Love’s Litany: The Writing of Modem Homoerotics by Kevin Kopelson, Winter, 1995.

Vinegar Hill by A. Manette Ansay and Winter Birds by Jim Grimsley, Spring, 1995.

Breaking the Surface by Greg Louganis and Eric Marcus, Summer, 1995.

Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley, Spring, 1996.

My Atlantis and Heaven’s Coast by Mark Doty, Summer, 1996.

Sex and Germs, Inventing AIDS, and Fatal Advice by Cindy Patton, Winter, 1997.

Poisoned Ivy: Lesbian and Gay Academics Confront Homophobia by Toni McNaron, Spring, 1997.

Present and Part of His Story by Alfred Corn, Summer, 1997.

What the Body Told and The Poetry of Healing by Raphael Campo, Winter, 1998.

Plays Well with Others by Allan Gurganus, Spring, 1998.

Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer’s End, a film by Monte Bramer, Summer, 1998.

The Other Side of Silence by John Loughery, Fall, 1998.

Queer 13: Lesbian and Gay Writers Recall Seventh Grade edited by Clifford Chase, Winter, 1999.

Open Secret: Gay Hollywood, 1928-1998 by David Ehrenstein, Summer, 1999.

Gay Lives by Paul Robinson, Winter, 2000.

Firebird: A Memoir by Mark Doty, Spring, 2000.

Lytton Strachey and the Search for Modern Sexual Identity by Julie Anne Taddeo, Spring, 2003.

Interview with Edmund White for GLR, Summer, 2003.

How to Do the History of Homosexuality by David Halperin, Summer, 2003.

Making American Boys by Kenneth Kidd, Sept/Oct, 2004.

The End of Gay by Bert Archer, Sept/Oct, 2004.

Tab Hunter: Confidential and The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson by Bob Hofler, January, 2006.

Michael Tolliver Lives by Armistead Maupin, September-October, 2007.

The End of the World Book by Alistair McCartney, July-August, 2008.

Artist Profile: Leslie Jordan, March-April, 2009.

Advocate Days and Other Stories by Mark Thompson, March-April, 2010.

Artist Profile: Jeff Sheng, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” May-June, 2010.

Brief Lives: E.M. Forster by Richard Canning, July-August, 2010.

Gay Bar by Will Fellows and Helen P. Branson, November-December, 2010.

The Sixties: Diaries, volume two by Christopher Isherwood, March-April, 2011.

Art Memo: “Paul Monette’s Borrowed Time Revisited,” July-August, 2011.

Artist Profile: “The Many Lives of Malcolm Boyd,” September-October, 2011.

Artist Profile: “Marilyn Monroe—‘A serious, mysterious life’”—interview essay with Lois Banner, September-October, 2012.

Review of the film Vito by Jeffrey Schwartz, September-October, 2012.

Review of Liberation, Isherwood’s 1970s Diaries, March-April 2013.

Artist Profile: Tom Bianchi on Fire Island, November-December 2013.

Conference Papers / Presentations

  • Modern Studies Association Roundtable: Camp Modernism, October 2012, Las Vegas; “’Feasting with Panthers’ or Thrown to the Lions: On the Limits of Camp: Wilde and Isherwood”

  • MLA Convention, Los Angeles, January 2011—“Teaching A Single Man in Los Angeles”

  • Invited Lecture, CUNY/Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies, for the retirement of Professor Joe Wittreich, on Brokeback Mountain, April, 2010.

  • Guest Lecture, Editing and Publishing, for Susan Segal, USC, September, 2009 and 2010.

  • Guest Lecture on Love, West Hollywood for Queer Communities class, CSUN, April, 2009.

  • “Telling Tales/Making History” at Queer Textures, UCLA, April, 2008.

  • Moderator, Convener, and Presenter, UCLA GLBTQ Conference, October, 2007. Panel: “Advocate, Punk, Activist: The Establishment and the Queer Fringe”; my paper: “’We Have to Say We’ve Been Here’: Paul Monette and the Making of an Activist.”

  • Moderator, Writers’ Guild of America Panel on GLBT visibility/projects, May, 2007.

  • Moderator, An Evening with Tab Hunter, Santa Monica Public Library, June, 2006.

  • Isherwood Centenary Celebration, Los Angeles, Spring/Summer, 2004: For Santa Monica Public Libraries—Presentation on Berlin Stories; Presentation on Cabaret; Presentation on World in the Evening; Wrote Reading Group essays on Single Man and Down There on a Visit; Presented at “Isherwood Aloud” at the Huntington Library.

  • Queer Matters, London, June, 2004: Chaired two panels (AIDS Narratives; Memoir)

  • “‘Making fun out of it’: Rethinking Christopher Isherwood’s The World in the Evening and the Lost Years” at the American Literature Association, Cal State-Long Beach, June, 2002.

  • “Becoming Paul Monette: Memoir, (Auto)biography, and Shared Life Stories” at the American Popular Culture Association, Toronto, March, 2002.

  • “‘What are you boys doing?’: Masculinity and Sexuality in Becoming a Man” at MMLA, Kansas City, November, 2000.

  • “Becoming Paul Monette: ‘Let go with your masculinity, Paul,’” at What Makes a Man?, Mount Ida College, Massachusetts, April, 2000.

  • Moderator/Panel organizer on The Isherwood Century, MMLA, November, 1999.

  • “From Advocate to Activist: Christopher Isherwood, Paul Monette, and Gay Identity Politics” at “Forging Change/Crafting Identity: Second Annual Gay and Lesbian Studies Conference,” University of North Carolina, Asheville, May, 1999.

  • Seminar Leader: Issues of Gender and Sexuality in the Curriculum, Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin, June, 1998.

  • “‘Governed by other laws’: Queer Geography and Queer Space in Jim Grimsley’s Dream Boy at “Queer Geographies: Community and Place in History,” University of North Carolina, Asheville, March, 1998.

  • “‘Lobbing Poems like Pipe Bombs’: Paul Monette’s Poetry of Urgency” at the 20th Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, February, 1998.

  • “‘Forget the Alamo’: History, Memory, and Gender in John Sayles’s Lone Star at The American Men’s Studies Association, SJU, Collegeville, MN, July, 1997.

  • “Christopher and the Canon: Isherwood, the Modernist Canon, and the Difficult” at the MLA Convention, Washington, D.C., December, 1996.

  • “‘Prison is no fairy tale’”: Shawshank Redemption as Homosocial Romance” at the Conference on Literature and Film, Florida State University, January 1996.

  • “‘Chiefly about Christopher’”: Articulating a Gay Subjectivity in Isherwood’s Life/Work” at “InQueery/InTheory/InDeed” Conference, University of Iowa, November, 1994.

  • “‘Frailty, thy name is marriage’: Journeying Toward a Modernist Sexuality in Ulysses” at “California Joyce,” UC-Irvine, July, 1993.

  • “Legislating Bodies: Social Transgression and ‘Acts of Gross Indecency’” at the International Conference on Narrative, Vanderbilt University, April, 1992.

  • “Elsewhere Denied: The Erasure of Homosexuality in Cabaret” at The Second National Graduate Student Conference on Lesbian, Bisexual, and Gay Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April, 1992.

  • “‘It’s an obstinacy, a theory, a perversity’: Untenable Heterosexuality in D. H. Lawrence’s Sexual Politics” at the 20th annual Twentieth Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, February, 1992.

  • “‘Two men can defy the world’: Resisting the Hegemonic Threat in Forster’s Maurice” at The First National Graduate Student Lesbian, Bisexual, and Gay Studies Conference, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, April, 1991.

  • “‘Outlaws in Disguise’: Overcoming Violent Domesticity in E.M. Forster’s Maurice” at the Southern Humanities Conference, Chattanooga, Tennessee, March, 1991.

  • “From Body Personal to Body Politic: Excess as Damnation in Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida at the Graduate Student Conference in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, The Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, June, 1990.

Film/TV Commentary

    • Legendary Sin Cities: Berlin for Demi-Monde Productions/CBC, 2006.

    • Chris & Don: A Love Story for Asphalt Stars/Tina Mascara & Guido Santi, directors; Zeitgeist, distribution in Summer, 2008.

    • How Sex Changed the World: Extreme Sex—Weimar Berlin. History Channel, 2013.

Work in Progress/Future Projects

  • The American Isherwood: Christopher Isherwood in the Twenty-First Century with James Berg, under contract at the University of Minnesota Press, for fall 2014 publication (essay collection, sequel to The Isherwood Century)

  • Becoming Paul Monette: A Cultural Biography.

  • We Have to Say We’ve Been Here”: The Journals of Paul Monette, 1971-1993.

Community Service/University Service

  • Promotion/Tenure review reference, Dept. of English, Tulane University, 2013.

  • Promotion Committee Review Chair, ALI department, USC, Spring 2013

  • Monette-Horwitz Trust Advisory Committee, since 2006

  • ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives Board Member, since 2010

  • Undergraduate Studies Committee, English department, since 2011

  • Microseminar on poetry/creativity, several times 2008-12

Teaching Experience

University of Southern California

English 499: Joyce and Woolf; Los Angeles Stories (ARLT 100); Modern British Literature (ENGL 426); 18th Century English Novel (ENGL 465); 19th Century English Novel (ENGL 466); History of Literary Criticism and Theory (ENGL 479); Restoration and 18th Century British Literature (ENGL 423); English Literature since 1800 (ENGL 262); Transgender Studies (SWMS 355); Representations of Gays and Lesbians in the Media (COMM 499/400); Queer Los Angeles (SWMS 499, now SWMS 425); The Modern Novel (ENGL 467); English 455 (Contemporary Prose); English 499 (Joyce and Woolf)

St. John’s University (1995-2005)

Gender Studies/Lesbian-Gay Studies; Popular Culture; Introduction to Literature/Creative Writing (fiction and poetry); Introduction to Film Studies/Film Theory/Literary Theory & Cultural Studies; Memoir/Autobiography; English Language/Linguistics; Senior Seminar: “Deliberate Living” (Australia Study Abroad program)
Lecturer/Graduate Student, Department of English, Vanderbilt (1989-95)

Literary Theory; Introduction to Poetry; Introduction to Fiction


Professor Joe Boone, English, USC Dornsife College

Professor Lawrence Green, USC Dornsife College

Professor Joseph Bristow, English, UCLA

Professor Roy Gottfried, English, Vanderbilt University

Professor Carola Kaplan, CSU-Pomona Professor Emerita

Dr. Terry Allison, President, Indiana University (South Bend)

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