Berkeley English Graduate Students

Drew Kiser

Professional Statement

I am interested in understanding queerness not as an individual predilection, but a textual effect reinforced by and reinforcing global capital, diplomacy, tourism, and development aid. Through contemporary texts, I seek to increase our understanding of how particular modes of queerness (especially individualistic and consumer-oriented ones) enter the global stage as lucrative markers of progressive modernity--potentially to the detriment of indigenous and alternative modes of being. In particular, I am interested in the works of South African novelist K. Sello Duiker (13 Cents, The Quiet Violence of Dreams), Iraqi/German/Palestinian/Lebanese novelist Saleem Haddad (Guapa), And Trinidadian/Canadian novelist Shani Mootoo (Cereus Blooms at Night).

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered


  • “The Spectacle of Otherness: Queering Visual Analysis in the Classroom.” South African Association of Gender Studies. Potchefstroom, South Africa. August 2019
  • “Coming Out of the Broom Closet: Defining Supernatural Teen Novels with Gay Subjects.” International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts. Orlando, Florida. March 2017


Recent Publications

Recent English Courses Taught

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