Faculty Biography

Elizabeth Blake

Elizabeth A. Blake, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English

Department of English
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: 1-508-793-7126
Email: eblake@clarku.edu

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B.A. Reed College, 2004
M.A. University of Chicago, 2009
Ph.D. Cornell University, 2016

Current Research and Teaching

Professor Blake specializes in gender and sexuality studies, food studies, and global modernist literature. Her research focuses on the ways queer pleasure is represented in the literature of the early twentieth century, and how those representations come to reshape existing literary forms. Her current book project, In the Mouth: Modernism and the Queering of Eating, demonstrates that scenes of eating in modernist literature are sites of queerness, depicting and enacting a kind of pleasure that exceeds normative models. She is also interested in the relationship between modernism and popular forms of cultural production, including cookbooks, dinner theatre, genre fiction, and women’s middlebrow fiction. Her second book project, tentatively entitled Against the Love Plot, traces the ways mid-twentieth century women’s fiction resists both normative models of love and normative plotlines that end in marriage.

Professor Blake’s courses include: Modernist Literature; Reading Voraciously: Food and Literature in the 20th Century; and Major British Writers II.

Selected Publications

  • “Domesticating Gertrude Stein, or, ‘Banal Queerness’: reading ‘Lifting Belly’ alongside What Happened and A Play Called Not and Now.” Feminist Modernist Studies 2.3.
  • Middle-burner Modernism: Alice B. Toklas’s Culinary Aesthetics.” Modernist Food Studies cluster for Modernism/modernity Print Plus Platform 4.2.
  • “Dinner Theatre / Dinner Theatricality.” The Routledge Companion to Literature and Food (Routledge, 2018): 420-428.
  • “Obscene Hungers: Eating and Enjoying Nightwood and Ulysses.” The Comparatist 39:1: 153-170.