Ashley Shelden


Ashley T. Shelden is Associate Professor in the Department of English. Her research and teaching specializations include contemporary literature and culture (primarily British), queer theory, psychoanalysis, modernism, the theory of the novel, and film. Her work has appeared in Contemporary Literature, Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to Shakespeare (Duke University Press, 2010), and Straight Writ Queer: Non-Normative Expressions of Heterosexual Desire (McFarland Press, 2006).

Most recently, her first book, Unmaking Love: The Contemporary Novel and the Impossibility of Union (Columbia University Press, 2017) was a finalist for the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Studies.

Her new project focuses on abjection and the defaced library books of Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell.