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Corinne E. Blackmer, Ph.D.

Corinne Blackmer.

Professor of English and Judaic Studies

Hebrew Bible; Sexuality and Gender Studies; Late 19th and 20th Century American Literature; Judaic Studies

Office: Engleman Hall D236
Phone: 203.392.6715





Ph.D., American Literature and Language, University of California, Los Angeles, 1991
M.A., English and Rhetorical Theory, University of California, Los Angeles, 1988
B.A.,  magna cum laude, English and Classics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1985

About Professor Blackmer

Corinne E. Blackmer was born in Santa Monica, California, and grew up in Connecticut, Missouri, California, New York City, and Israel, where she served as an assistant medic in the Israeli Defense Forces on the Sinai-Egyptian front of the Yom Kippur War (1973).  She attended the University of California, Los Angeles, and received her B.A. in English and Classics (magna cum laude 1985), her M.A. in Ancient and Modern Rhetoric (1989), and her Ph.D. in American Language and Literature (1991).  She has been politically active in LGBTQ organizations for decades. She teaches American Literature, Hebrew Bible, Judaic Studies, and Sexuality and Gender Studies at Southern Connecticut State University, and has developed five new courses in these subject areas: Queer Theory, LGBT Film and Literature, The Beat Movement, Jewish Stories, and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.  She has published articles, chapters, and op-ed pieces on Anti-Semitism, Pink Washing, Anti-Zionism, Aharon Apelfeld, Sholem Asch, Elizabeth Bishop, Brigid Brophy, Judith Butler, Angela Davis, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ronald Firbank, Sigmund Freud, Hebrew Bible, Jewish Ethics, Israeli LGBT politics, Nella Larsen, Savyon Liebrecht, John Milton, Jasbir Puar, Adrienne Rich, Sarah Schulman, Yaakov Shabtai, Dean Spade, Gertrude Stein, Richard Strauss, Virgil Thompson, Jean Toomer, Carl Van Vechten, Oscar Wilde, and Virginia Woolf.  She has edited a volume (with Patricia Juliana Smith) on trouser roles in opera, En Travesti: Women, Gender Subversion, Opera (NYC: Columbia University Press, 1995), and published a book on Israeli literature, Remembrance and Forgetting in Contemporary Israeli Literature (Tel Aviv: Hadassa Press, 2016).  She has recently finished a book-length study, Queering Anti-Zionism: Academic LGBT Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction Activism (under contract, University of Wisconsin Press, 2016), and an edited volume (with Shaun Jacob Halper), Queer Loves in Jewish History.  She has four additional projects in progress: a two-part memoir, Inside/Out: A Queer Childhood and Out in the World: A Queer Youth, two articles, “Larsen’s Woman of the Night: A New Interpretation of Passing” and “’I Can’t Go Against My Grain:’ Queer Ethics in The Price of Salt and Carol” and an edited volume (with Andrew Pessin), Poisoning the Well: Anti-Semitism in Contemporary American Culture.

Recent Courses Taught

LEP 101 - Narrating the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
JST 200 - Jewish Stories
LIT 300 - Hebrew Bible
JST 398 - Topics in Feminist Biblical Interpretation: Sex, Sexuality, and Slavery
ENG 460 - Queer Theory
ENG 462 - LGBT Film and Literature
ENG 568 - The American Novel: 1900-1945

Selected Publications and Presentations


Queering Anti-Zionism: LGBT Academic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction Activism. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, under contract.

Queer Loves in Jewish History. With Shaun Jacob Halper. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, forthcoming.

Remembrance and Forgetting in Contemporary Israeli Literature. Tel Aviv: Hadassa Press, 2016.

En Travesti: Women, Gender Subversion, Opera. With Patricia Juliana Smith. New York: Columbia University Press, 1998.


“Blues Women, Blues Writers.” The Jazz Era in American Literature. Ed. Mary Pat Brady. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2016. Gale Researcher.

“A Traumatic Professorial Education: Anti-Zionism and Homophobia in a Campus Hate Crime.” Poisoning the Well: Anti-Zionism and the Assault on Free Speech. Ed. Andrew Pessin and Doron Ben-Atar. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, forthcoming.

“Educating Spiritual Teachers in Emerson’s Divinity School Address.” In MLA Series: Teaching the Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Ed. Mark Long and Sean Meehan. New York: Modern Language Association,forthcoming.

“Teaching Race, Gender, and Narrative Form in Gertrude Stein’s ‘Melanctha.’” MLA Series: Approches to Teaching Gertrude Stein. Ed. Logan Esdale and Deborah Mix. New York: Modern Language Association, 2017. “Daughter of Eve, Femme Fatale, and Persecuted Artist: The Mythic Transgressive Woman in Oscar Wilde’s and Richard Strauss’s Salome.” Amaltea: A Journal of Myth Criticism. Vol. 8 (2016): 1-15.

“Transforming Ethical Behavior: The Musar Movement and the Care of the Self.” Judaica Ukrainica. Vol. 5.1 (December 2014): 33-69.

“No Name Woman: Noah’s Wife and Heterosexual Maternal Incest in Gen. 9: 18-29.” Judaica Ukrainica. Vol. 4.26 (November 2012): 18-34.

“Ethnoporn, Lesbian Childhood, and Native Maternal Culture: Reading National Geographic with Elizabeth Bishop.” GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies 4.1 (December 1998): 96-141.

“The Veils of the Law: Race and Sexuality in Nella Larsen’s Passing." College Literature 22.3 (October 1995): 50-67.

“African Masks and the Arts of Passing in Gertrude Stein’s ‘Melanctha’ and Nella Larsen’s Passing.” Journal of the History of Sexuality 4.2 (October 1993): 230-63.