Associate Professor of English
Joined Connecticut College: 2004
B.A., Hunter College; Ph.D., Brandeis University
19th-century American literature
Psychoanalytic theory, queer theory and gender studies
History of American literary and film criticism
Cinema, television and popular culture
David Greven is Associate Professor of English at Connecticut College. His areas of specialization are nineteenth-century American literature; cinema, television, and popular culture; psychoanalytic theory, queer theory, and gender studies; and the history of American literary and film criticism.
The Fragility of Manhood: Hawthorne, Freud, and the Politics of Gender (forthcoming, The Ohio State University Press)
Psycho-Sexual: Hitchcock and the New Hollywood (forthcoming, University of Texas Press, 2012)
Representations of Femininity in American Genre Cinema: The Woman's Film, Film Noir, and Modern Horror(Palgrave Macmillan, April 2011)
Manhood in Hollywood from Bush to Bush(University of Texas Press, 2009)
Gender and Sexuality in Star Trek: Allegories of Desire in the Television Series and Films(McFarland, 2009)
Men Beyond Desire: Manhood, Sex, and Violation in American Literature(Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)
Selected articles in scholarly journals:
"Hawthorne and the Gender of Jewishness: Anti-Semitism and The Marble Faun," accepted for publication in The Journal of American Culture (forthcoming)
"New Girls and Bandit Brides: Female Narcissism and Lesbian Desire in Fuller's Summer on the Lakes," Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers (forthcoming, issue 29:1)
"Jewett's Mythic Ambivalence: Hellenism, Femininity, and Desire in the Dunnet Landing Stories," Nineteenth Century Studies, vol. 25 (forthcoming in 2011)
"Masculinist Theory and Romantic Authorship: Hawthorne, Politics, and Desire," New Literary History, Vol. 39, Issue 4, Autumn 2008
" 'The Whole Numerous Race of the Melancholy Among Men': Mourning, Hypocrisy, and Same-Sex Desire in Poe's Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket," Poe Studies, Vol. 41, Issue 1, October 2008
"In a Pig's Eye: Masculinity, Mastery, and the Returned Gaze in The Blithedale Romance," Studies in American Fiction, Autumn 2006
"Troubling Our Heads About Ichabod: 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,' Classic American Literature, and the Sexual Politics of Homosocial Brotherhood," American Quarterly, March 2004
"Flesh in the Word: Billy Budd, Sailor, Compulsory Homosociality, and the Uses of Queer Desire," Genders, Issue 37, Spring 2003.
"I Love You, Brom Bones: Beta Male Comedies and American Culture," Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Issue 30.3, May, 2013
"American Medusa: Bette Davis, Beyond the Forest, Femininity, and Camp," Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, (no. 53, summer 2011)
"Cruising, Hysteria, Knowledge: Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)," The European Journal of American Culture, 28.3
"Contemporary Hollywood Masculinity and the Double-Protagonist Film," Cinema Journal, Issue 48:4, summer 2009
"Misfortune and Men's Eyes: Voyeurism, Sorrow, and the Homosocial in Three Early Brian De Palma Films," Genders, Issue 49, Spring 2009
"Dude, Where's My Gender?: Contemporary TeenComedies and New Forms of American Masculinity," Cineaste, 27 (Summer 2002): 14–21
Greven has co-edited a special issue of The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review on the "Late Hawthorne" (vol.35, Fall 2009). He is on the advisory board for the journal Genders and for The Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, and is a referee for journals such as PMLA, College Literature, Literature of the Early American Republic, The Journal of Lesbian Studies, Alphaville, and The Journal of American Studies, and publishers such Oxford University Press, Routledge, Northwestern University Press, and Peter Lang.
Greven is a winner of a Phyllis W. Meadow Award for Excellence in Psychoanalytic Writing for his essay “Rereading Narcissism: Freud’s Theory of Male Homosexuality and Hawthorne’s ‘The Gentle Boy,’” published in Modern Psychoanalysis vol. 34(2), 2009.
The courses Greven teaches include Same-Sex Love in the American Renaissance; Empires of Selfhood: American Literature in the Age of Emerson and Thoreau; Hawthorne and Poe; American Women Writers; Gothic Romanticism; Hitchcock’s Films; Hollywood After the Sixties; English 220: Theory and Interpretation of Literature; and English 120: Seminar in Literary Interpretation.