Octavio Gonzalez

Octavio (Tavi) Gonzalez


B.A., Swarthmore College; M.A., Pennsylvania State University;                   M.A., Rutgers University; Ph.D., Rutgers University

My research interests are interdisciplinary: I specialize in queer literary and cultural studies, transatlantic modernism, U.S. and Anglophone literature of the long twentieth century, and medical humanities (including affect and HIV/AIDS). My teaching focuses on varieties of queer world-making, British and American modernism, and countercultural identity—including outcasts, underdogs, malcontents, and decadents. My first book project draws on an archive of modernist and contemporary fiction to develop a figure of double exile I call the “misfit minority.” Misfit minorities are often seen as socially problematic, especially with regard to the contemporary performance of identity. They reject the politics of respectability and the burden of collective uplift. This project also mediates between antisocial and intersectional approaches to queer theory. Some of my work on Christopher Isherwood appears in the Winter 2013 issue of Modern Fiction Studies. Other writings, on queer subcultures of risk, appear in Cultural Critique. My first collection of poetry, The Book of Ours, appeared in 2009 from Momotombo Press / Letras Latinas at Notre Dame. A first-generation Dominican-American, I studied at Swarthmore, Pennsylvania State, and Rutgers University, and am thrilled to join the Wellesley English faculty and the broader College community.