Madelyn Detloff

Madelyn DetloffChair, English Department
Professor of English and Global and Interncultural Studies/Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

356 E Bachelor Hall
Oxford Campus


  • Ph.D. English Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1997
  • Women’s Studies Doctoral Emphasis Certificate, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1997
  • M.A. English Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1991
  • B.A. English Language and Literature, University of Chicago, 1987

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Gender and Sexuality Studies 
  • Literary Modernism
  • Crip Theory
  • Trauma Studies
  • Queer and Feminist Theory
  • Virginia Woolf
  • H.D.
  • Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Writing 

Selected Publications


  • The Value of Virginia Woolf, New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.
  • The Persistence of Modernism: Loss and Mourning in the Twentieth Century. New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Edited Volumes

  • Queer Bloomsbury, Co-Edited with Brenda Helt, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016. 
  • Virginia Woolf: Art, Education, and Internationalism. Selected Papers from the 17th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf. Ed. Diana Royer and Madelyn Detloff. Clemson, SC: Clemson University Digital Press, 2008.
  • Special Issue on Woolf and Pedagogy. Virginia Woolf Miscellany 73 (Spring/Summer 2008). 


  • “Modern Times, Modernist Writing, Modern Sexualities.” The Cambridge Companion to Lesbian Literature, Ed. Jodie Medd. Cambridge University Press. (forthcoming)
  • “Camp Orlando (or) Orlando.” Modernism/Modernity. Special cluster on Camp Modernism, Edited by Douglas Mao and Marsha Bryant. (forthcoming)
  • “Translating Trans: Queer Theory, Script Theory, and Co-constructed Meaning in Kate Bornstein’s Serious Play.” Midwest Modern Language Association Journal 46.2 (Fall 2012).
  • “‘The word is destroyed’? Women’s Studies, Modernist Studies, and the ‘New Normal’ in Academe.” Literature Compass. 10.1. (January 2013): 61-69.
  • “’The Law is on the Side of the Normal:’ Virginia Woolf as Crip Theorist.” Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Woolf: Selected Papers from the Twenty-second Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf. Ed. Kathryn Holland and Ann Martin. Clemson University Digital Press, 2013. 
  • “Thirteen Ways to Look at Queering Woolf” (Co-authored with Brenda Helt). Virginia Woolf Miscellany 82 (Fall 2012): 1-4.
  • “Woolf and Lesbian Culture: Queering Woolf Queering.” Virginia Woolf in Context. Ed. Jane Goldman and Bryony Randall. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012: 342-52.
  • “Am I a Snob?” Well, sort of: Socialism, Advocacy, and Disgust in Woolf’s Economic Writing.” Contradictory Woolf: Selected Papers from the Twenty-first Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf. Ed. Derek Ryan and Stella Bolaki. Clemson University Digital Press, 2012.
  • “Burnt Offerings or Incendiary Devices? Ambivalence, Trauma, and Cultural Work in The Gift and Trilogy.” Approaches to Teaching H.D.’s Poetry and Prose. Ed. Annette Debo and Lara Vetter. New York: Modern Language Association, 2011.
  • “Learning Communities and Institutional Transformation,” co-authored with Carolyn Haynes, et. al. Learning Communities Journal 2.2 (2010).
  • “Mrs. Dalloway and the Ideology of Death: A Cultural Studies Approach.” Approaches to Teaching Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. Ed. Eileen Barrett and Ruth Saxton. New York: Modern Language Association, 2009.
  • “Woolf and Pedagogy: Intellectual Liberty Under Pressure to Instrumentalize Knowledge.” Virginia Woolf Miscellany 73 (Spring/Summer 2008): 1-2.
  • “Living in Energetic Space: Jeanette Winterson’s Bodies and Pleasures.” ELN 45.2 (2007).
  • “‘’Tis Not my Nature to Join in Hating, but in Loving’: Toward Survivable Public Mourning.” Modernism and Mourning. Ed. Patricia Rae. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2007:50-68.
  • “Gender Please, Without the Gender Police: Rethinking Pain in Archetypal Narratives of Butch, Transgender, and FTM Masculinity.” Journal of Lesbian Studies 10.1/2 (2006): 87-105. [Simultaneously published in Challenging Lesbian Norms: Intersex, Transgender, Intersectional and Queer Perspectives. Ed. Angela Pattatucci-Aragon. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press, 2006.]
  • “‘Father, don’t you see I’m burning?’ Identification and Re-membering in H.D.’s World War II Writing.” Incest and the Literary Imagination. Ed. Elizabeth Barnes. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2002.
  • “‘Thinking Peace into Existence’: The Spectacle of History in Between the Acts.” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 28 (1999): 403-433.
  • “Imagined Communities of Criticism: ‘Wounded Attachments’ to the Icons of H.D., Gertrude Stein, and Virginia Woolf.” Selected Papers from the Eighth Annual Virginia Woolf Conference: “Virginia Woolf and Communities.” Ed. Laura Davis and Jeanette McVicker. New York: Pace University Press, 1999.
  • “Mean Spirits: The Politics of Contempt Between Feminist Generations.” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 12.3 (1997): 76-99. 

Grants and Awards

  • CELTUA Major Teaching Grant (2014-15)
  • HCWE Departmental/Program Grant for Writing Instruction (2013)
  • Miami University Faculty Diversity Award (2011) 
  • Miami University Humanities Center, Altman Scholar (2009-2011)
  • Altman Faculty Fellow, Miami University Humanities Center, 2009-2010.
  • Committee for Faculty Research Summer Research Appointment, 2010.
  • College of Arts and Sciences CETE grant for the major revision of Women’s Studies 201 (co–written with Yu–Fang Cho and Ann Fuehrer) (2006)
  • CELT Summer Fellowship for Curriculum Development (2005)
  • Miami University Women’s Leadership “Women Breaking Barriers” Award (2004)
  • University of California Humanities Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship (1998–99)
  • UCSB Women’s Studies Program Distinguished Service Award (1998)
  • American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship (1995–96)
  • Regents Pre–Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, UCSB (1993–94)
  • Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Junior Fellowship, UCSB (1989–90)
  • Regents Pre–Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, UCSB (1989–90)
  • Ann C. Wilson College Honor Scholarship, The University of Chicago (1983–87)

Work in Progress

Detloff is working on Lessons from the Belly of the Beast, a teaching memoir.