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Chris Freeman CV September 2015

Dr. Chris Freeman Curriculum Vitae September 2015

Teaching Positions

2015-: Professor (Teaching), Dornsife College, USC (promoted 3/15)

2012-15: Associate Professor (Teaching), Dornsife College, USC

2006-12: Lecturer, University of Southern California (started work 1/06)

2003-05: Associate Professor, English, St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN

1995-2003: Assistant Professor, English, St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN

1993-95: Lecturer (full time, post-doctoral), Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN


Ph. D. English, August 1993, Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)

Major Fields of Concentration: Gender Studies; Literary Theory/Cultural Studies;

Modern British and American Literature

Dissertation: “Desiring Men: Sexual Politics and Anxiety in Literary Modernism”

(Professor Vereen Bell, director)

M. A. English, May 1989, Vanderbilt University

Thesis: “Maurice: E. M. Forster’s ‘Explosion of Rage against the World’”

B. A. English, June 1987, Berry College (GA.), Valedictorian; summa cum laude

Teaching Experience

University of Southern California

  • English department: The Modern Novel (ENGL 467); Contemporary Prose (English 455); English 499: Joyce and Woolf (2-credit); English 499: Forster and Isherwood (2-credit); Modern British Literature (ENGL 426); 18th Century English Novel (ENGL 465); 19th Century English Novel (ENGL 466); History of Literary Criticism and Theory (ENGL 479); Restoration and 18th Century British Literature (ENGL 423); English Literature since 1800 (ENGL 262)

  • Gender Studies: Transgender Studies (SWMS 355); Queer Los Angeles (SWMS 499, now SWMS 425: I created this course); SWMS 499: Living Out Loud; SWMS 306 (Introduction to LGBTQ Studies)

  • General Education courses: ARLT 100: Los Angeles Stories; ARLT 105: Los Angeles Stories; Freshman Seminar: Creativity and Self-Expression; GESM 120

  • Annenberg School for Communication: Representations of Gays and Lesbians in the Media (COMM 499/400)

  • MLS program: MLS 544: “Century City”: 100 Years of Los Angeles Culture

St. John’s University

Gender Studies/Lesbian-Gay Studies; Popular Culture; Introduction to Literature/Creative Writing (fiction and poetry); Introduction to Film Studies/Film Theory/Literary Theory & Cultural Studies; Memoir/Autobiography; English Language/Linguistics; Senior Seminar: “Deliberate Living” (Australia Study Abroad program)

Lecturer/Graduate Student, Department of English, Vanderbilt (1989-95)

Introduction to Literary Theory; Introduction to Poetry; Introduction to Fiction

Community Service/University Service

On Campus

  • Faculty Showcase for parents of incoming students: Summer 2015 (twice); July 2014 (twice); July 2011

  • Faculty Evaluation Committee, Dornsife College, NTT promotions (four faculty members): chaired committee, Spring 2014

  • Promotion Committee Review Chair, ALI department (six faculty members), USC, Spring 2013

  • Merit Review for English (two NTT faculty), Fall 2013

  • Numerous dinners for prospective students’ parents (at least four since spring of 2012)

  • Scholarship interviews for Presidential and Trustees scholarships (at least four sessions since spring 2011)

  • Undergraduate Studies Committee, English department, since 2011

  • Microseminar on poetry/creativity, several times 2008-12

  • Lecturer for student group QuASA, September 2013 and December 2012

  • Luncheon speaker for Topping Scholars, October 2011

Off Campus

  • Introductory lecture on “The Importance of Being Earnest” at A Noise Within Theater, Pasadena, September 2014

  • Palm Springs Public Library presentations: Gay LA/Christopher Street West and Queer Pulp Fiction, April 2014 and January 2013

  • West Hollywood Public Library: Lambda Literary event: Legends of LA—introduced Lillian Faderman, April 2013

  • Mid-Career Novelist prize judge for Lambda Literary Awards, Spring 2014; presenter of Gay Studies award at Lambda Literary Awards, New York, June 2014

  • Los Angeles Public Library, Aloud Series, Interviewed author Armistead Maupin, January 2014

  • Promotion/Tenure review for Zach Lazar, Dept. of English, Tulane University, 2013

  • Peer-review for publication: articles for Oral History (2011) and Twentieth-Century Literature (essays on Baldwin, Vidal, and Isherwood, 2011 and 2012) and JMMLA (October 2014, on the film Beginners)

  • Los Angeles Times Festival of Books: Chaired panel on “Queer LA” April 2012

  • Skylight Books: Interviewed author/activist Jeanne Cordova, February 2012

  • Monette-Horwitz Trust Advisory Committee, since 2006

  • ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives/ONE Archives Foundation Board Member, since 2010; secretary since 2013; hosted/emceed events November and December 2011and at several other events

Fellowships and Awards

*The Huntington Library, San Marino, California: grant for two-day conference on Isherwood in Southern California, November 2015 (approximately $25,000, plus $15,000 from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation)

*National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Seminar participant ($3900), “Oscar Wilde and His Circle,” June-July 2012, Clark Library, Los Angeles

*Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Love, West Hollywood, 2009

*Lambda Literary Award nominee for Under the Rainbow, 2007

*Finalist, Teaching Excellence Award, USC Parents Association, 2006

*Winner, Monette-Horwitz Trust Award, 2005

*Winner, Lambda Literary Award, Gay Studies, for The Isherwood Century, 2001

*Ahmanson Research Fellowship, UCLA Special Collections, 1999

*Advising Award, Humanities, St. John’s University, 1997-98

*Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation-Year Fellowship at Vanderbilt, 1992-93

*University Graduate Fellowship, Vanderbilt, 1987-92


  • Book (edited volume): The American Isherwood with James Berg. The University of Minnesota Press (January 2015).

  • “Christopher Isherwood and the Limits of Camp”: part of a cluster, “Camp Modernism Forum” in Modernism/Modernity by Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, forthcoming 2016 (peer-reviewed; cover story; 1700 words).

  • “Fellow Travelers: Isherwood and Auden” with James Berg, in The Cambridge Companion to W.H. Auden. Ed. Tony Sharpe. Cambridge Univ. Press, 2013. (We were INVITED to contribute a chapter on Isherwood and Auden; pp. 316-25; peer-reviewed)

  • Feature story: “Found History: Letters to ONE,” February, 2013, online at

  • “Paul Monette” biographical essay I was INVITED to write for the Yale AIDS Memorial Project, 2012.

  • “‘Jack, I swear’: The Promise of Brokeback Mountain” in The Brokeback Book, edited by William Handley, University of Nebraska Press, 2011. (Book chapter, pp. 103-17; peer-reviewed)

  • “Isherwood the Multiculturalist” with James Berg, The Chronicle of Higher Education: Chronicle Review LVI: 18 (January 15, 2010): B13-15. Reprinted in The American Isherwood.

  • Co-authored book: Fine on Acting: A Vision of the Craft by Howard Fine with Chris Freeman, Havenhurst Books, 2009 (201 pp.).

  • “Paul Monette.” Entry for the Dictionary of Literary Biography vol. 350. Twenty-first Century American Novelists. Edited by Wanda H. Giles and James Giles. Gale, 2009. (essay; pp. 236-41)

  • “Jim Grimsley.” Biographical essay for Encyclopedia of Contemporary LGBTQ Literature of the United States, edited by Emmanuel Nelson, Greenwood Press, 2009. (essay; pp. 275-76)

  • “Lives in Art: Isherwood and Bachardy.” Cover Story, GLR, September-October, 2008. (feature story; pp. 30-33)

  • Book: edited volume: Love, West Hollywood: Reflections of Los Angeles, edited with introduction by Chris Freeman and James Berg, Alyson Press, May, 2008. (338 pp.)

  • Book: edited memoir: Under the Rainbow: An Intimate Memoir of Judy Garland, Rock Hudson and the End of Old Hollywood. By John Carlyle; edited with an introduction by Chris Freeman, preface by Robert Osborne. Carroll and Graf, Fall 2006. (Paperback, Fall 2007; 326 pp.).

  • Book: Interview collection: Conversations with Christopher Isherwood. Edited by Chris Freeman and James Berg. The University Press of Mississippi, 2001. (peer-reviewed; 201 pp.)

  • Book: edited volume of essays: The Isherwood Century: Essays on the Life and Work of Christopher Isherwood. Edited by Chris Freeman and James Berg. The University of Wisconsin Press, 2000. (peer-reviewed; 293 pp.)

  • “Making Fun out of It”: Rethinking The World in the Evening and Isherwood’s “Lost Years” in The Isherwood Review, 2004. (essay; pp. 89-103)

  • Entries The Encyclopedia of American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History and Culture: Essays on Armistead Maupin, Gore Vidal, Bill Tilden, and Paul Monette, Scribner’s, edited by Marc Stein, 2004. (Maupin, vol. 2, pp: 238-39; Monette, vol. 2, pp. 273-74; Tilden, vol. 3, pp. 191-92; Vidal, vol. 3, 225-26)

  • Essay for The Isherwood Encyclopedia (edited by David Garrett Izzo for McFarland & Co.) on The World in the Evening, 2004. (pp. 175-79)

  • Essays on Christopher Isherwood (pp. 371-72) and Paul Monette (pp. 493-94) for The Encyclopedia of Literature and Politics, edited by M. Keith Booker, 2004.

  • “‘Something they did in the dark’: Lesbian and Gay Novels in the US, 1948-73,” in Modern American Queer History, ed. Allida Black, Temple University Press, 2001. (pp. 131-51; peer-reviewed)

  • Essays in Issues and Identities in Literature. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 1997.

    • “Gay Identity in American Literature”

    • “Tony Kushner”

    • Angels in America

    • “William Styron’s Darkness Visible

Reviews and Journalism (1995-2011)

Desire and Its Discontents by Eugene Goodheart. South Atlantic Review, Nov, 1995. (pp. 151-53)

Effeminate England by Joseph Bristow. In South Atlantic Review, Winter, 1997. (pp. 143-45)

My Drowning by Jim Grimsley, in Evergreen Chronicles, Spring, 1997. (pp. 100-01)

The Beauty of Men by Andrew Holleran, in Evergreen Chronicles, Fall, 1996. (pp. 80-1)

Freaks Talk Back by Joshua Gamson. In Men and Masculinities, April, 1999. (pp. 396-98)

The Wedding Complex by Elizabeth Freeman in LGHR, Spring, 2003.

For Variety: feature on the history of GLAAD, 7 April 2006. (pp. A2, A7)

Gay Los Angeles by Stuart Timmons & Lillian Faderman, review for WeHo News, Fall, 2006.

For The Advocate: articles on David Hockney (June 20, 2006, p. 140): Portraits; the opera “Grendel” (“Our Monsters, Our Selves,” including some interview with poet and librettist Sandy McClatchy, June 20, 2006, pp. 138-39); author Stephen McCauley (June 20, 2006, p. 124); review of Andrew Holleran’s Grief (July 4, 2006, pp. 57, 59); review of teen-lit novels, (July 18, 2006, p. 58)

Feature on artist Don Bachardy for Frontiers, Los Angeles, July, 2008. (pp. 18, 20)

Feature on filmmaker Donna Deitch, for Frontiers, July, 2008. (pp. 18, 20)

Feature on gay historian Boze Hadleigh, Frontiers, July, 2008. (pp. 18, 20)

What Becomes You by Aaron Raz Link & Hilda Link, review for White Crane Review, Fall, 2008. (p. 45)

Feature on actor Leslie Jordan, Frontiers, December, 2008. (pp. 19-21)

Feature on Outfest executive director Kirsten Schaeffer, June 2009. (p. 44)

Feature on novelist Ben Patrick Johnson, Frontiers, June, 2009. (p. 57)

Feature for The Advocate online: “The Professor on the Dance Floor—Hot Stuff by Alice Echols,” July, 2011.
Contributing Writer for Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review/The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide (1995-2015)

Love’s Litany: The Writing of Modem Homoerotics by Kevin Kopelson, Winter, 1995. (pp. 29-30)

Vinegar Hill by A. Manette Ansay and Winter Birds by Jim Grimsley, Spring, 1995. (pp. 41-2)

Breaking the Surface by Greg Louganis and Eric Marcus, Summer, 1995. (pp. 38-9)

Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley, Spring, 1996. (pp. 42-3)

My Atlantis and Heaven’s Coast by Mark Doty, Summer, 1996. (p. 40)

Sex and Germs, Inventing AIDS, and Fatal Advice by Cindy Patton, Winter, 1997. (pp. 38-9)

Poisoned Ivy: Lesbian and Gay Academics Confront Homophobia by Toni McNaron, Spring, 1997. (p. 53)

Present and Part of His Story by Alfred Corn, Summer, 1997. (pp. 45-6)

What the Body Told and The Poetry of Healing by Raphael Campo, Winter, 1998. (pp. 53-4)

Plays Well with Others by Allan Gurganus, Spring, 1998. (pp. 48-9)

Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer’s End, a film by Monte Bramer, Summer, 1998. (p. 62)

The Other Side of Silence by John Loughery, Fall, 1998. (pp. 55-6)

Queer 13: Lesbian and Gay Writers Recall Seventh Grade edited by Clifford Chase, Winter, 1999. (pp. 55-6)

Open Secret: Gay Hollywood, 1928-1998 by David Ehrenstein, Summer, 1999. (pp. 64-6)

Gay Lives by Paul Robinson, Winter, 2000. (pp. 55-6)

Firebird: A Memoir by Mark Doty, Spring, 2000. (p. 52)

Lytton Strachey and the Search for Modern Sexual Identity by Julie Anne Taddeo, May-June, 2003. (pp. 41-2)

Interview with Edmund White for GLR, July-August, 2003. (pp. 10-12)

How to Do the History of Homosexuality by David Halperin, September-October, 2003. (p. 47)

Making American Boys by Kenneth Kidd, September-October, 2004. (p. 46)

The End of Gay by Bert Archer, September-October, 2004. (p. 46)

Isherwood: A Life by Peter Parker. March-April, 2005. (pp. 41-2)

Tab Hunter: Confidential and The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson by Bob Hofler, January-February, 2006. (pp. 39, 41)

Michael Tolliver Lives by Armistead Maupin, September-October, 2007. (pp. 43-4)

The End of the World Book by Alistair McCartney, July-August, 2008. (p. 44)

Artist Profile: Leslie Jordan, March-April, 2009. (p. 50)

Advocate Days and Other Stories by Mark Thompson, March-April, 2010. (pp. 41-2)

Artist Profile: Jeff Sheng, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” May-June, 2010. (p. 26)

Brief Lives: E.M. Forster by Richard Canning, July-August, 2010. (p. 42)

Gay Bar by Will Fellows and Helen P. Branson, November-December, 2010. (p. 40)

The Sixties: Diaries, volume two by Christopher Isherwood, March-April, 2011. (pp. 31-2)

Art Memo: “Paul Monette’s Borrowed Time Revisited,” July-August, 2011. (pp. 36-7)

Artist Profile: “The Many Lives of Malcolm Boyd,” September-October, 2011. (p. 30)

Artist Profile: “Marilyn Monroe—‘A serious, mysterious life’”—interview essay with Lois Banner, September-October, 2012. (pp. 35-6)

Review of the film Vito by Jeffrey Schwartz, September-October, 2012. (p. 49)

Review of Liberation, Isherwood’s 1970s Diaries, March-April 2013. (pp. 24-5)

Artist Profile: Tom Bianchi on Fire Island, November-December 2013. (pp. 18-19)

Artist Profile: Peter Paige, May-June, 2014. (pp. 18-19)

“At the corner of Hollywood and Gay”: Review of Gay Hollywood exhibition at the Hollywood Museum, GLR online, August 2014.

Interview with Sean Strub on HIV/AIDS, September-October, 2014. (pp. 28-31)

Brief Review, Barrie Jean Borich, Body Geographic, September-October, 2014. (p. 39)

A Single Man We Can Relate To,” November-December, 2014. (pp. 34-6)

“Outing the Stars of Yesteryear,” November-December, 2014. (p. 58)

“LGBT History 101,” review of U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History by Leila Rupp and Susan K. Freeman, May-June 2015. (pp. 42-3)

Conference Papers / Presentations

  • Modern Studies Association Roundtable: Camp Modernism, October 2012, Las Vegas; “’Feasting with Panthers’ or Thrown to the Lions: On the Limits of Camp: Wilde and Isherwood” (INVITED by the convener, Professor Marsha Bryant, University of Florida)

  • MLA Convention, Los Angeles, January 2011—“Teaching A Single Man in LA” (co-chair and convener of this panel, with James Berg)

  • Invited Lecture, CUNY/Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies, for the retirement of Distinguished Professor of English, Joseph Wittreich, on Brokeback Mountain, April, 2010.

  • Guest Lecture, Editing and Publishing, for Susan Segal, USC, September, 2009 and 2010.

  • Guest Lecture on Love, West Hollywood for Queer Communities class, CSUN, April, 2009.

  • “Telling Tales/Making History” at Queer Textures, UCLA, April, 2008.

  • Moderator, Convener, and Presenter, UCLA GLBTQ Conference, October, 2007. Panel: “Advocate, Punk, Activist: The Establishment and the Queer Fringe”; my paper: “’We Have to Say We’ve Been Here’: Paul Monette and the Making of an Activist.”

  • Moderator, Writers’ Guild of America Panel on GLBT visibility/projects, May, 2007.

  • Moderator, An Evening with Tab Hunter, Santa Monica Public Library, June, 2006.

  • Isherwood Centenary Celebration, Los Angeles, Spring/Summer, 2004: For Santa Monica Public Libraries—Presentation on Berlin Stories; Presentation on Cabaret; Presentation on World in the Evening; Wrote Reading Group essays on Single Man and Down There on a Visit; Presented at “Isherwood Aloud” at the Huntington Library.

  • Queer Matters, London, June, 2004: Chaired two panels (AIDS Narratives; Memoir)

  • “‘Making fun out of it’: Rethinking Christopher Isherwood’s The World in the Evening and the Lost Years” at the American Literature Association, Cal State-Long Beach, June, 2002.

  • “Becoming Paul Monette: Memoir, (Auto)biography, and Shared Life Stories” at the American Popular Culture Association, Toronto, March, 2002.

  • “‘What are you boys doing?’: Masculinity and Sexuality in Becoming a Man” at MMLA, Kansas City, November, 2000.

  • “Becoming Paul Monette: ‘Let go with your masculinity, Paul,’” at What Makes a Man?, Mount Ida College, Massachusetts, April, 2000.

  • Moderator/Panel organizer on The Isherwood Century, MMLA, November, 1999.

  • “From Advocate to Activist: Christopher Isherwood, Paul Monette, and Gay Identity Politics” at “Forging Change/Crafting Identity: Second Annual Gay and Lesbian Studies Conference,” University of North Carolina, Asheville, May, 1999.

  • Seminar Leader: Issues of Gender and Sexuality in the Curriculum, Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin, June, 1998.

  • “‘Governed by other laws’: Queer Geography and Queer Space in Jim Grimsley’s Dream Boy at “Queer Geographies: Community and Place in History,” University of North Carolina, Asheville, March, 1998.

  • “‘Lobbing Poems like Pipe Bombs’: Paul Monette’s Poetry of Urgency” at the 20th Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, February, 1998.

  • “‘Forget the Alamo’: History, Memory, and Gender in John Sayles’s Lone Star at The American Men’s Studies Association, SJU, Collegeville, MN, July, 1997.

  • “Christopher and the Canon: Isherwood, the Modernist Canon, and the Difficult” at the MLA Convention, Washington, D.C., December, 1996.

  • “‘Prison is no fairy tale’”: Shawshank Redemption as Homosocial Romance” at the Conference on Literature and Film, Florida State University, January 1996.

  • “‘Chiefly about Christopher’”: Articulating a Gay Subjectivity in Isherwood’s Life/Work” at “InQueery/InTheory/InDeed” Conference, University of Iowa, November, 1994.

  • “‘Frailty, thy name is marriage’: Journeying Toward a Modernist Sexuality in Ulysses” at “California Joyce,” UC-Irvine, July, 1993.

  • “Legislating Bodies: Social Transgression and ‘Acts of Gross Indecency’” at the International Conference on Narrative, Vanderbilt University, April, 1992.

  • “Elsewhere Denied: The Erasure of Homosexuality in Cabaret” at The Second National Graduate Student Conference on Lesbian, Bisexual, and Gay Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April, 1992.

  • “‘It’s an obstinacy, a theory, a perversity’: Untenable Heterosexuality in D. H. Lawrence’s Sexual Politics” at the 20th annual Twentieth Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, February, 1992.

  • “‘Two men can defy the world’: Resisting the Hegemonic Threat in Forster’s Maurice” at The First National Graduate Student Lesbian, Bisexual, and Gay Studies Conference, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, April, 1991.

  • “‘Outlaws in Disguise’: Overcoming Violent Domesticity in E.M. Forster’s Maurice” at the Southern Humanities Conference, Chattanooga, Tennessee, March, 1991.

  • “From Body Personal to Body Politic: Excess as Damnation in Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida at the Graduate Student Conference in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, The Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, June, 1990.

Film/TV Commentary

    • Legendary Sin Cities: Berlin for Demi-Monde Productions/CBC, 2006.

    • Chris & Don: A Love Story for Asphalt Stars/Tina Mascara & Guido Santi, directors; Zeitgeist, distribution in Summer, 2008.

    • How Sex Changed the World: Extreme Sex—Weimar Berlin. History Channel (H2), 2013.

    • Gay LA hour-long show for KLCS, October, 2013.

    • LA: A Queer History: feature-length documentary; consultant and commentary, 2015

Work in Progress/Future Projects

  • Becoming Paul Monette: A Cultural Biography. This will be my next extended project, with hoped-for completion by 2018.

  • We Have to Say We’ve Been Here”: The Journals of Paul Monette, 1971-1993. Planned completion by 2018.


Professor Joe Boone,USC Dornsife College (English)

Professor David St. John, USC Dornsife College

Professor Lawrence Green, USC Dornsife College (English)

Professor Alice Echols, USC Dornsife College (History/Gender Studies)

Professor Ozzie Mayers, English, St. John’s University/College of St. Benedict

Professor Carola M. Kaplan, Cal Poly-Pomona, Professor Emerita (English)

Dr. Terry Allison, President, Indiana University (South Bend)

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