Ryan D. Sullivan

Education:

M.A. in English, University of California, Riverside, 2014

B.A. in English, Magna Cum Laude with Honors, University of Redlands, 2012

Research Areas:

American Poetry and Poetics, Lyric Theory, Queer Theory

Dissertation Title:

Not You: Personism and the Poetics of Exclusion

Dissertation Committee:

Jennifer Doyle (Chair), Virginia Jackson (UC Irvine), Steven Gould Axelrod, Heidi Brayman Hackel

Research Interests:

I’m primarily interested in thinking about queer approaches to lyric theory, as well as the relationship between intimacy and history in queer theory. Using this, I also consider the implications of this history in thinking about pedagogy, particularly in the composition classroom. My dissertation, Not You, focuses on the intersections between queer intimacy, lyric theory, and historical contingency. It theorizes “extimacy” and the way exclusivity has impacted our relation as queer readers, as well as the difficulty of historical impasse. Further, it sketches a poetics of exclusion and considers the negative affects on impulses for inclusivity. Frank O’Hara’s poetry and poetic statement “Personism” is foundational to my work and dissertation. My teaching interests are wide and varied, as I have taught in English as well as LGBT/Queer, Women’s, and Gender studies programs. The composition classes I teach engage in a wide variety of intersectional critical thinking through themes like “Everyday Racial Violence,” “Thinking About Feeling,” “On Intimacy,” “‘There is a line’: Immigration and the American Dream,” and an accelerated pre-college level class called “‘Love More Loudly’: Love and Social Justice.”  I can be reached via email at rsull001@ucr.edu.

Courses Taught:

At UC Riverside

English 001 ABC: Freshman Composition Sequence

English 004: English Writing

English 004D: English Writing

WGST 100: Intro to Women’s and Gender Studies (at the University of Redlands)

LGBS 001: Intro to LGBT Studies

Courses Assisted: 

English 20B: Intro to American Literary Traditions (for Fred Moten)

English 20C: Intro to Alternative Literary Traditions (for Jennifer Doyle)

 

At Mount San Jacinto College 

English 092: Fundamentals in Reading and Writing (Formerly Accelerated English Fundamentals)

English 098: English Fundamentals

English 101: Freshman Composition

English 103: Critical Thinking & Writing

Recent Activity:

Conference Papers –

“Bunny Lang’s Last Poem,” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference, Pasadena, CA, November 2016.

“‘Art is not your life’: Frank O’Hara and Abstraction,” UC Irvine Comp Lit. “Abstraction” Conference, Irvine, CA, March 2016.

“Lana Del Rey and Hipster Poetics,” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference, Portland, OR, November 2015.

“Queer Intimacy; or Things that Don’t Belong in a Poem,” (Dis)junctions, University of California, Riverside, November 2015.

“Frank O’Hara and the ‘Speaking Voice,’” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference, Riverside, CA, November 2014

“‘Finding Something to Worship’: Alex Dimitrov’s Queer Americana,” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language, San Diego, CA, November 2013

“‘Lucky Pierre Style’: Frank O’Hara and the Social Life of Lyric,” (Dis)junctions, University of California, Riverside, April 2013

“Writing Across the Disciplinary Divide: Collaboration, Cooperation, and Integration,” with Shiloh Drake, Southern California Writing Centers Association, University of La Verne, California, March 2012

Conference Panel Moderation –

“Queer Poetics,” Special Session, Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference, Portland, OR, November 2015.

“Black Poetics,” (dis)junctions. University of California, Riverside, April 2014

“Lyric Theory in the 21st Century,” Special Session, Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference, San Diego, CA, November 2013

“‘Celebrity and Image Culture,” (Dis)junctions. University of California, Riverside, April 2013

Training –

California Acceleration Project Institute, 2017

Conference on Acceleration and Developmental Education, 2017

Service –

Co-organizer, Queer GSA, 2015-16

Head Steward, UAW 2865 (TA Union), 2015-16

Organizing Board, Queer Lab, 2014-15

President, Graduate Students in English Association, 2014-15

Organizer, (Dis)junctions, 2014

Newsletter Committee/Graduate Student Co-Editor, Friends of UCR English, 2013-15

Representative/Webmaster, Graduate Students in English Association, 2013-14

Webmaster, (Dis)junctions, 2013

Program Committee (Chair), (Dis)junctions, 2013

Support Team, Graduate Students in English Association 2012-13

Chapter President, University of Redlands Sigma Tau Delta, 2010-2012

Affiliations –

Phi Beta Kappa, PAMLA