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Tim Dean


Research Interests

Queer Theory, Psychoanalysis, Poetry & Poetics, Modern & Contemporary Literature


  • BA, University of East Anglia, 1988
  • MA, Johns Hopkins University, 1992
  • PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 1994

Additional Campus Affiliations

James M. Benson Professor, English
Professor, English
Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

Highlighted Publications

Dean, T. J. (2009). Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking. University of Chicago Press.

Dean, T. J. (2000). Beyond Sexuality. University of Chicago Press.

Dean, T. J. (1991). Gary Snyder and the American Unconscious: Inhabiting the Ground. (New directions in American studies). Palgrave Macmillan.

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Recent Publications

Dean, T. (2024). An unlimited intimacy of the air: Pandemic fantasy, COVID-19 and the biopolitics of respiration. In Viral Times: Reflections on the COVID-19 and HIV Pandemics (pp. 66-87). Taylor and Francis.

Dean, T. (2023). Freud's ménage à quatre. In P. Gherovici, & M. Steinkoler (Eds.), Psychoanalysis, Gender, and Sexualities: From Feminism to Trans (pp. 43-55). Routledge.

Davis, O., & Dean, T. (2022). Hatred of Sex. (Provocations). University of Nebraska Press.

Dean, T. (2022). ‘I Do What I Know How To Do’: Performing the Penis in Key West. In M. Jones, & E. Callahan (Eds.), Performing the Penis: Phalluses in 21st Century Cultures (pp. 136-160). (Gender, Bodies and Transformation). Routledge.

Dean, T. (2021). Poetics of Presence, Vocation, and Attention: The Example of Whitman. American Literary History, 33(1), 161-180.

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