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Kevin Floyd

Associate Professor

Ph.D. University of Iowa, 1998.

Kevin Floyd teaches courses in literary and cultural theory, Marxism, gender studies, queer studies, and twentieth-century U.S. literature and culture. He is the author of The Reification of Desire: Toward a Queer Marxism (Minnesota 2009), and of articles that have appeared in such journals as Social Text, Science and Society, Cultural Critique, and Rethinking Marxism.  He is a recent recipient of Fulbright and Alexander von Humboldt grants.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
  • The Reification of Desire: Toward a Queer Marxism.  University of Minnesota Press, 2009.
  • “Unthinking the Future: Death, Utopia, and Childhood in Edelman and Adorno,” Cultural Logic, forthcoming.
  • “Lukacs and Sexual Humanism.”  Rethinking Marxism 18.3 (2006): 399-405.
  • "Rethinking Reification: Marcuse, Psychoanalysis, and Gay Liberation."  Social Text 66 (2001): 103-28.
  • "Closing the (Heterosexual) Frontier: Midnight Cowboy as National Allegory."  Science and Society  65.1 (2001): 99-130.
  • "Making History: Marxism, Queer Theory, and Contradiction in the Future of American Studies." Cultural Critique 40 (1998): 167-201.
Research Areas
  • Samuel Delany
  • Foucauldian Biopolitics
  • Convergences and divergences between Marxism and queer studies, especially with reference to questions of temporality, totality, utopia

Modern Language Association
American Studies Association
Cultural Studies Association
Marxist Literary Group

Kevin Floyd
Department of English
Phone: 330-672-1753
Fall 2014
  • ENG 35301 - 001 Lgbt : Critical Perspectives
  • ENG 68098 - 001 Research
  • ENG 88098 - 001 Research Doctoral
  • ENG 89199 - 012 Dissertation I
  • ENG 89299 - 009 Dissertation Ii
Spring 2015
  • ENG 33003 - 001 U . S . Lit 1945 To Present