Chasin, Alexandra

Alexandra Chasin

MFA, Fiction Writing, Vermont College 2002
PhD, Modern Thought and Literature, Stanford University, 1993
BA, European Cultural Studies, Brandeis University, 1984
Associate Professor of Literary Studies

Before I became a full-time fiction writer, I trained as a scholar in 20th Century U.S. literature and culture, and then taught in those fields for many years (focusing on gender, race, sexuality, and popular culture).  I have now shifted fields to become a full-time fiction writer and teacher of fiction writing, but I have brought my scholarly training and my scholarly interests with me, which explains my preoccupation with representations of history in creative writing, as well as my view that literature is a set of artifacts constructed in and through a broad network of social practices.
Courses Taught:
Reading for Writers: Fragments, Lists, and Lacunae
Reading for Writers: CounterTraditions
Reading for Writers: Creatively Writing History, or Reality Fiction
Advanced Fiction Workshop: Form and Content
Introductory Fiction Workshop: Reading With Writing
Writing in NYC
Recent Publications:

Anslinger Nation: A Speculative History of the Origins of Drug Prohibition Starring Harry J. Anslinger.
    University of Chicago Press, 2015 [forthcoming]
. Jaded Ibis Press, 2012 [app/novel]
Kissed By. Fiction Collective 2, 2007
Selling Out: The Lesbian and Gay Movement Goes to Market. St. Martin's, 2000

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Office Location:
65 W 11th St
New York, NY 10011
Phone Number/Extension:
212 229-5100


Research Interests:

    Experimental fiction; elements of form; writing from and about history; gender, race, sexuality studies; popular culture; genre; the social practices of literature; book arts

    Professional Affiliations:
    Director, Writing On It All, a public/participatory writing project that takes place on Governors Island every June.
    Awards and Honors:
    • 2013-14 Fellow, Leon Levy Center for Biography, CUNY
    • 2012 New York Fundation for the Arts, Fiction Fellowship
    • 2012 MacDowell, Residency
    • 2011 Yaddo, Residency

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