Heidi Arndt

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Areas of Interest
20th & 21st century British and Irish Literature; Queer Theory; Narrative Theory; Gender; Women Writers

B.A., California State University, Northridge
M.A., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona


My research explores the connection between narrative forms and sexual subjectivity. Using bisexuality as a model, I look at how fiction and nonfiction can represent aspects of the queer experience that tend to be overshadowed by identity politics. I’m also interested in tracing the formal experiments of women writers from Virginia Woolf to Maggie Nelson and how new types of readers could be created from new types of writing.

Recent Scholarly Activity


“‘It Turn Back on Itself:’ Writing the Present in The Color Purple” at the UCI Futures of Queer Theory Conference in Irvine, CA, May 2018.

“Archaeology of the Self: Objects and Desire in Call Me By Your Name” at the PAMLA 2017 Conference in Honolulu, HI, November 2017.