Becky McLaughlin

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Becky McLaughlin | Associate Professor

Generalist with particular interests in psychoanalysis and sexuality.

HUMB 279  |  460-7991  |


Books Edited

Putting Theory Into Practice In the Contemporary Classroom: Theory Lessons.  Ed. Becky McLaughlin.  Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017.  Print.

Everyday Theory: A Contemporary Reader. New York: Pearson Longman, 2005. (Edited with Bob Coleman.)


"Desperately Seeking Wilco."  Rock Music Studies 5.1 (2018): 29-45.  Web.  (Invited)       

"Fetishizing Lack: Claustrophobia and the Desiring Body of the Amputee Wannabe."  Oracle: Fine Arts Review 13 (2015): 13-24.  Print.  (Invited)

"From Punishment to Punctuation: The Primal Scene and the Pedagogy of Psychoanalysis." Knowledge Cultures 3.2 (2015): 98-111.  Print.

"Learning to Shudder: Sex, Ideology, and the Pedagogical Function of Horror."  Journal of the College English Association: Middle-Atlantic Group 24 (2015): 21-28.  Print.

"Chaucer's Cut."  Approaches to Teaching Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, 2nd edition.  Ed. Frank Grady and Peter Travis.  New York: Modern Language Association, 2014.  156-159.  Print.

"Gothicizing Apotemnophilia: Live Burial, Secret Desire, and the Uncanny Body of the Amputee Wannabe." Word and Text: A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics 3.2 (2013): 133-147. Print.

"Big Sex: The Story of the Silver Nail and Other Objects of (Mass) Construction." Writing From Below 1.2 (2013): 19-30. Web.

"Enhanced Creativity and Problem Solving: An Interdisciplinary Approach" (in collaboration with Michael Doran, Jack Shelley-Tremblay, and Bob Coleman).  Proceedings of the 16th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Vol. 2.  Ed. Nagib Callaos, et al.  Orlando, FL: The 16th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, 2012.  161-166.  Print.

"'Oh, maybe I was wrong': Doubt, Conversion, and Redemption in Breaking the Waves."  Faith and Spirituality in Masters of World Cinema.  Vol. 2.  Ed. Kenneth Moreland.  Cambridge: Cambridge Scholar's Publishing, 2011. 152-167.

"Literature, Theory, and the Beatific Effects of Reading."  Literature and Ethics: From the Green Knight to the Dark Knight.  Ed. Steve Brie and William T. Rossiter.  Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010.  159-174.

"Staging Perversion: The Restoration's Sexual Allegory of (Un)civil War." Sexual Perversions, 1670-1890.  Ed. Julie Peakman.  London: Palgrave, 2009.  50-71.

"Madness."  Encyclopedia of Erotic Literature.  3 Vols.  Ed. John Phillips and Gaetan Brulotte.  New York: Routledge, 2006.

"Monsters."  Encyclopedia of Erotic Literature.  3 Vols.  Ed. John Phillips and Gaetan Brulotte.  New York: Routledge, 2006.

"Playing Ball With God: Breaking the Law in Breaking the Waves." Textual Ethos Studies or Locating Ethics. Ed. Anna Fahraeus and Ann Katrin Jonsson. New York: Rodopi International Press, 2005.  85-100.

"The Reeve's Paranoid Eye, or the Dramatics of 'Bleared' Sight." Anamorphosis: A Journal of the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis and the San Francisco Society for Lacanian Studies. Ed. Janet Thormann. Number 5, 2002: 91-129.

"Sex Cuts." Jane Sexes It Up: True Confessions of Feminist Desire. Ed. Merri Lisa Johnson. Foreword by Jane Gallop. New York: Four Walls Eight Windows Press, 2002. 65-90.

"Pounding the 'Amy' Out of Imagism, or 'Jouiring' Like an Idiot Carrying a Big Stick." Journal of Imagism. Ed. George P. Castellitto. Fall 2000: 23-33.

"Perverse Pleasure and Fetishized Text: The Deathly Erotics of Carter's 'The Bloody Chamber.'" Style. Volume 29, Number 3, Fall 1995: 404-422.

"The Fairytale Romance: A Story of Repressed Beauties and Displaced Beasts." Selected Essays from the International Conference on Myth and Fantasy 1991. Ed. Joseph Tyler. Carrollton, GA: West Georgia International Conference, 1994. 48-60.

"Gab and Garb in Restoration Comedy: The (un)Fashionable Language of Clothes." Restoration and 18th Century Theatre Research. Summer 1991: 10-29.

"In the Classroom: How to Combat Nuclear War Using Female Gender Identity Formation, the Idea as Gift, Pop Music, and Brecht's 'Alienation Effect," excerpts appear in Millicent Lenz's Nuclear Age Literature for Youth: The Quest for a Life-Affirming Ethic. Chicago: American Library Association, 1990. 254-56, 292.

Book Reviews

Rev. of Flirtations: Rhetoric and Aesthetics This Side of Seduction, ed. Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz, Barbara Natalie Nagel, and Lauren Shizuko Stone.  Studies in American Culture 40.1 (October 2017): 147-48.  Print.

"Picking at Peck." Rev. of Halls of Jade, Walls of Stone, by Stacey Peck. Pengyou Press 18 January 1988.

"Chinese Literary Criticism." Rev. of Wang Kuo-Wei's Jen-Chien Tz'u-Hua, ed. Adele Austin Rickets. Pengyou Press 18 January 1988.

Creative Nonfiction

"Crying's Diaper."  Auto/Fiction 2.1 (November 2017): 99-116.  Print.

"Growing Up Out of Place."  Children of the Changing South: Accounts of Growing Up During and After Integration.  Ed. Foster Dickson.  North Carolina: McFarland and Company, 2012.  81-90.

"Singing the 'Stuttgart, Ark.' Blues with Bukka White, Or How I Utterly Failed to Be Like Elvis." Arkansas Literary Forum. Vol. 6, 2004. Ed. Marck L. Beggs. (invited)

"Losing Jack (bang)." Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies. Ed. William M. Clements. Vol. 33, Number 2. August 2002: 121-127.

"From Tight Fittin' Buses to Tight Fittin' Jeans." Bamboo Leaves: A China Reader. Ed. Bert Lobe, et. al. Winnipeg, Manitoba: China Educational Exchange, 1989. 32-34.


"Strange Cookie."  Transverse 15 (2016): 130-142.  Print.

"BogMyth." Splinter Hill Bog: The Writing Project. Ed. Janet Nodar. Mobile, AL: Bog Press, 2003. 17-23.

"The Very Small Things That Fall." Westview: A Journal of Western Oklahoma. Ed. Fred Alsberg. Vol, 20, Number 2. Spring/Summer 2001: 15-27.

Excerpt from and commentary on "The Very Small Things That Fall" appear in Artist Residency Exchange: Western New York. Ed. Roger Trietley. Buffalo, NY: Parkside Press, 1998. 12-14.


"Love Is a Symptom, or Is It a Cigar?" Nefarious Ballerina: Intelligently Erotic.  Ed. Gordon Purkis.  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014.  2-4.  Print.

Visual Art

"Camera Obscura0010": Frontispiece.  [digital collage]  The Humanities Review 7.2 (2009).  Print.