School of English

Dr Rachel O'Connell

Post:Lecturer In Post 1350 English Literature (English)
Location:ARTS B B224
Email:R.C.O-Connell@sussex.ac.uk

Telephone numbers
Internal:7375
UK:01273 877375
International:+44 1273 877375

Research expertise:
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Biography

I studied for my PhD at New York University in the USA and I now teach at Sussex, where I convene the MA in Sexual Dissidence, a ground-breaking MA programme in queer studies, and co-direct the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence, a research hub that brings together queer scholars, artists, and activists to share their work. I have published research on late nineteenth century British literature in relation to middlebrow culture, prose genres, ethics, sexuality, and disability in journals such as ELH, Cahiers Victoriens et Edouardiens, and (forthcoming) Women: A Cultural Review, and in the essay collection Sex and Disability (ed. Robert McRuer and Anna Mollow). My current interdisciplinary research on the TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race focuses on questions of fandom, mediation, intimacy, and contemporary celebrity and engages generically innovative creative-critical writing practices while generating unconventional, public-facing research outputs.

 

Role

Lecturer