|Justin Omar Johnston
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012.
Contemporary Anglophone literature; biopolitics and biotechnology in post-1945 novels; feminist theories of embodiment; postcolonial critiques of humanism; ecological criticism.
Justin.Johnston@stonybrook.edu | 631-632-1447
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I am interested in contemporary Anglophone and Postcolonial literature, especially in how the category of the (post)human is formulated in these texts. My current research examines how cyborgs, clones, animal-human hybrids, toxic bodies, and other technological bodies have proliferated across a variety of internationally acclaimed literary texts during the last decade. These bodies are weighted down by the history of 20th century biopolitics, even as they anticipate still emergent forms of subjectivity. This area of work has fueled a sustained passion for the fields of feminist body theory, postcolonial criticism, animal studies, biopolitics, and increasingly, eco-criticism. In 2012, I obtained both my Ph.D. in Literary Studies from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. As an Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University, I am currently working on a book project, The Prosthetic Novel, based on my dissertation research. It examines the role of biotechnology in contemporary literature.
Department of English, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5350 - Undergraduate: 631 632-7400 | Graduate: 631 632-7373