Mitchell GauvinJohannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz | JGU
Incoming SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. Preparing my dissertation for publication.
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I research, teach, and write on the rhetoric and representation of citizenship. I’m curious about the way we talk about citizenship, how English literature contributes to the vocabulary of (non)belonging, and what might need to change in how we express political, legal, and cultural affiliation. Visit my website at: www.mitchellgauvin.com. I’ve taught at York University and Ryerson Universty and was a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow in the Department of English at York, where I received my PhD.
Forgiveness is an expression that befits agents who are at heart morally frail and imperfect. There is strong disagreement regarding its structure, conditions, and permissibility. Søren Kierkegaard's pseudonymously authored Fear and Trembling—already well understood as a challenge to our understanding of faith, religion, and the moral law through i...
Arrival is never purely a literal act but a series of entries or admissions circumscribed by legal and cultural paradigms that make arrival difficult for some and smooth for others. The following essay examines one of the earliest literary representations of a modern “politics of arrival” defined by abrasive foreign policy, custom checks, racial pr...
A crude and paradoxical medical discourse underwrote the operation of the European trans-Atlantic slave trade that continues to impress upon how we historicize, novelize, and narrativize healthy and “sick” bodies in popular culture and scholarship. In my paper, I examine the central role of medical diagnosis in the operation of the slave trade thro...
What does experiential poet Bruce Andrews and former Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly have in common? On the surface, almost nothing—the former is a highly regarded, retired academic and the latter a disgraced T.V. host and conservative partisan. For a brief four minutes in 2006, however, the two met and discussed on national television the nature of...
This paper examines the urban space as an ecology of anxiety in post-9/11 literature. After the atomic bomb drop on Hiroshima in August 1945, survivors testified of experiencing prior to the bombing an “anticipatory trauma” known as bukimi rooted in the belief that a catastrophic event was forthcoming. Paul K. Saint-Amour suggests that similar expe...
This essay explores the role and representation of fashion in Daniel Defoe's 1719 novel Robinson Crusoe by examining, firstly, the intimate act of clothing that occurs between the characters of Crusoe and Friday, and secondly, the presence of fabrics, textiles, patterns, and wardrobes throughout the work. Despite being marooned on an uninhabited is...
I argue that Emily Dickinson’s poetry espouses a radical ethical project—an ethics not rooted in moral proscriptions or virtues or maximal happiness. This is an ethics rooted in a poetical practice that confronts the reader with traces of a profound alterity, or in other words, in the inescapablepresence of the Other. To understand how such an ethi...
Emerging from Isin F. Engin's notion of 'technologies of citizenship,' my project considers how the literary text is implicated in the historical and cultural production of nation-based citizenships via implicit and explicit use of a citizenship rhetoric.