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Distinguished Professor of English
Regents Junior Faculty Fellowship, 1983-1984
George E. Haggerty is a scholar working at the intersection of eighteenth-century and gay studies. While attempting to examine literary and cultural production of this period of transition. Haggerty offers a unique perspective on the history of sexuality and the ways in which literary forms reflect ideological change. His publications, Unnatiral Affections: Women and Fiction in the Later Eighteenth Century (Indiana, 1998) and Men in Love: Masculinity and Sexuality (Columbia, 1999) especially, demonstrate the ways in which literary and other cultural forms both participate in and themselves enact the changes that gave rise to the modern notions of sexuality and sexual identity. At present, his work on a longer study of the life and work of Horace Walpole will add to this project by looking at the most misunderstood figures of the 18th century. Most importantly he hopes to reimagine the role that a Foucualdian understanding of cultural history can play in a consideration of eighteenth-century friendship. Walpole offers the most compelling case for the in-depth consideration of a single figure, both because of the enormous range and variety of his interests and because he was himself conscious of the kinds of relationships that his correspondence would construct. Walpole is not merely a minor writer of considerable interst. Rather a close study of Walpole's epistolary production can reveal the age and its most cherished prerogatives in such vivid outline that nothing less than a profound cultural reassessment will be possible.
Books include: Gothic Fiction/Gothic Form. (Penn State Press, 1989)