Frost, Laura

Laura Frost

Laura Frost
PhD, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University 1998;
MA, Columbia University, 1992;
BA, Columbia University, 1989
Chair of Liberal Studies, Associate Professor of Literary Studies

Courses Taught:
"Woolf, Beauvoir, Weil"
"Orwell and Modernity"
"Virginia Woolf and Modernity" (BA/MA seminar)
"Pleasure" (BA/MA seminar)
"Becoming Modern:  British Literature from the Age of Victoria to Margaret Thatcher"
Recent Publications:


•An Interview with Joseph O'Neill" in Transatlantic Literature and Culture After 9/11: The Wrong Side of Paradise, ed. Kristine A. Miller.  (Palgrave, 2014).

•"Of Modernism and Muscle Cars," Columbia University Press blog, September 24, 2013.

The Problem With Pleasure: Modernism and its Discontents, Columbia University Press, 2013.

•"Blondes Have More Fun:  Anita Loos and the Language of Silent CinemaModernism/Modernity Volume 17, Number 2, April 2010, pp. 291-311.

•“Black Screens, Lost Bodies:  The Cinematic Apparatus of 9/11 Horror," Horror after 9/11:  World of Fear, Cinema of Terror, ed. Aviva Briefel and Sam J. Miller.  University of Texas Press, 2011.

•“Punk, PowerPoint & Proust” (on Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Good Squad), De Morgen (Belgium), November 16, 2011.

•“Tien Jaar Later:  Is de Great American 9/11-novel nu geschreven?”  De Morgen (Belgium), September 7, 2011.

•“Afterwords” (on 9/11 and the novel).  Bookforum, November 2009.

•"Striptease Intellectual" Review of Gypsy Rose Lee biographies.  Bookforum, April/May 2009.

•“Still Life:  9/11’s Falling Bodies” in Literature After 9/11", ed. Ann Keniston and Jeanne Fallansbee Quinn  (Routledge, 2008).  

•“Photography/Pornography/Torture:  The Politics of Seeing Abu Ghraib” in One of the Guys, ed. Tara McKelvey (Seal Press, 2007).

•“Falling Man’s Precarious Balance” (Review of Don DeLillo’s Falling Man)  American Prospect, May 11 2007. 

•“Huxley’s Feelies:  The Cinema of Sensation in Brave New World.”  Twentieth-Century Literature 52.4 (Winter 2006).

•“The Romance of Cliché:  E. M. Hull, D. H. Lawrence, and Interwar Erotic Fiction” in Bad Modernisms, Douglas Mao and Rebecca Walkowitz, eds. (Duke University Press, 2006).

Sex Drives:  Fantasies of Fascism in Literary Modernism.  Cornell University Press, 2002.

•”With This Ring I Thee Own:  Masochism and Social Reform in Ulysses." Genders 25:  Sex Positives?:  The Cultural Politics of Dissident Sexualities.  New York University Press, 1997.  225-264.

Phone Number/Extension:
212 229-5100 ext 3473


Research Interests:
Twentieth century literature and culture; British and comparative modernism; gender and sexuality studies; post-45 literature; visual culture; narrative and 9/11; the history of pleasure.
Recent Presentations/Exhibits:

•"Modernism's Dirty Weekend: Bad Sex in Brighton," Modern Studies Association conference, August 2013.

    Awards and Honors:


    Sidonie Miskimin Yale College Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities.  May 2004

    Senior Faculty Fellowship, Yale University, 2004-2005

    Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Prize, Yale College, June 2001, for outstanding scholarly work by a junior faculty member in the Humanities, for Sex Drives:  Fantasies of Fascism in Literary Modernism

    Morse Fellowship in the Humanities, Yale University, 2001-2002

    A. Whitney Griswold Faculty Research Grant, Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006

    Whiting Fellowship, Columbia University, 1997-1998

    Mellon Research Fellowship, Columbia University, May 1994


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