Hannah Manshel

M.A., UC Riverside, 2015

B.A., University of Chicago, 2011

Research Areas:

American literature and culture, affect theory, queer and feminist theory

Research Interests:

I am interested in the intersections of feelings and politics in contemporary American literature, art, and culture. My current research tracks the longer history of the “feeling subject” in Anglophone literature and philosophy of the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries and is concerned with the way feeling develops as a normative and gendered category of experience while often simultaneously acting, particularly for people not traditionally recognized as subjects such as women, queer people, and people of color, as a mode of subversion. I write about the way writers and artists both strategically take up and passively turn away from conventional, expressive modes of feeling in order to demonstrate dissatisfaction with the world as given.

Recent Activity:


“Soldadera: The Unraveling of a Kevlar Dress,” KCET Artbound (2015)


“Depthless Psychology,” The New  Inquiry (2014)


Recent Presentations:

“emotions that can perceived as neutral: Flat Affect in the Poetry of Mira Gonzalez” presented at the “Poetry and Contemporary Regimes of Affect” Seminar, Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada (May 2015)

“The Flat Ecstatic: Relative Non-Fulfillment in Margery Kempe and Dodie Bellamy” presented at the American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA (March 2015)

“Medean Motherhood in an Age of Storms: Restoration and Destruction in the Literature of Katrina” presented at the American Studies Association National Conference, Los Angeles, CA (November 2014)