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Rafael Hernandez

Visiting Assistant Professor

Office: Morrill 411
Phone: 405-744-2084

PhD, University of Florida


Areas of Interest & Expertise
  • 19th and 20th Century British Literature

  • Modernist Studies

  • Embodiment & Disability

  • Art and Visual Culture

Selected Publications
  • “Dark men in mien and movement: Blindness and the Body in Ulysses," Joyce Writing Disability, Ed. Jeremy Colangelo, Gainesville: University of Florida Press (forthcoming)

  • “Physical Culture and the Aesthetics of Jewish Regeneration in Ulysses,” James Joyce Quarterly (forthcoming)

Selected Conference Presentations
  • “Mechanical Bodies: Modernism, Visual Culture, and the Sculpture Machine,” American Comparative Literature Association Conference, March 7-10, 2019.

  • “The Aesthetics of Capital and the Muscle Jew in Joyce’s Ulysses,” Marxist Reading Group Conference, March 22-24, 2018.

  • “Hitler’s Youth: The Imagined Futures of the Hitlerjugend,” Children’s Literature Association, June 22-24, 2017.

  • "Literary Epistemologies: Pulp Fiction and Modernism in the British Espionage Novel," Marxist Reading Group Conference, March 23-25, 2017.

Current Research

My current book project, Portraits of Modernity: Degenerate Art and the Modern British Novel, 1890-1927 offers new insight into how nineteenth and twentieth century discursive and visual formations shaped writers' understandings of the body. I survey prominent authors like Oscar Wilde, Joseph Conrad, W. Somerset Maugham, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf for their engagement with the nineteenth century theory of degeneration. My book argues for an understanding of modernism as a discursive and visual mediator between nineteenth century medical conceptions of degeneracy and one of degeneracy as an aesthetic problematic in the twentieth century moment of modernism.

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