Department of English at Illinois State University

English Department Faculty and Staff


Christopher Breu

Associate Professor

Office Address: STV 405
Office Phone: (309) 438-7601
Office Hours:


Email: Contact Christopher Breu (cdbreu)
Website: Visit Christopher Breu’s Website
Teaching Schedule:
Course NumberSectionCourse NameTimeRoom NumberCourse Links
ENG591.02Practicum (Internship) in College Teaching   
Teaching Interests:
Cultural and Critical Theory, American Literature 1900 to the Present, American Popular Culture, Literature and Culture in a Global Context, Gender and Sexuality
Research Interests:
Twentieth and Twenty-First Century American Literature, Popular Culture, Cultural and Critical Theory, Gender and Sexuality
Ph.D. Literature, University of California at Santa Cruz, 2000

B.A. with Honors, English Literature, Northwestern

University, 1991.
Selected Publications:

Insistence of the Material: Literature in the Age of Biopolitics. U of Minnesota P, 2014.

"Subject and Substance: The Limits of Biopolitics and the Status of Critique." "Special Issue: After Critique?" Ed. Russ Castronovo and David Glimp  English Language Notes 51.2 (Fall/Winter 2013): 45-60.

with Elizabeth Hatmaker,  "The Flexible Mr. Ripley: Noir Historicism and Postwar Transnational Masculinity in Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley." Post World-War II Masculinities in British and American Literature and Culture: Towards a Comparative Masculinities Studies. Ed. Kevin Floyd and Stefan Horlacher. Farnham, England: Ashgate Press, 2013.  

"The Insistence of the Material: Theorizing Materiality and Biopolitics in the Era of Globalization." Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition Working Papers Series 12.2 (August 2012): 1-20.

“Disinterring the Real: Dodie Bellamy’s 
The Letters of Mina Harker and the Late-Capitalist Literature of Materiality.” Textual Practice 26.2 (2012): 263-291.

“The Novel Enfleshed: Naked Lunch and the Literature of Materiality,” Twentieth-Century Literature 57.2 (Summer 2011): 199-223.

"Signification and Substance: Towards a Leftist Ontology of the Present." A Leftist Ontology: Beyond Relativism and Identity Politics. Ed. Carsten Strathausen. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009. 187-207.

"Radical Noir: Negativity, Misogyny, and the Critique of Privatization in Dorothy Hughes's In A Lonely Place." Modern Fiction Studies 55.2 (Summer 2009): 199-215.

"Middlesex Meditations: Understanding and Teaching Intersex." English Journal 98.4 (March 2009): 102-108.

“Privilege’s Mausoleum: The Ruination of White Southern Manhood in The Sound and the Fury.”  Southern Masculinity: Perspectives on Manhood in the South since Reconstruction. Ed. Craig Thompson Friend. Athens, GA: U of Georgia P, 2009. 107-128.

Hard Boiled Masculinities. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P.  2005.

“Come Fly With Me: Frank Sinatra, The Old Left, and the Pax Americana.” Prospects: An Annual of American Cultural Studies 28 (2004): 577-95.

“Going Blood-Simple in Poisonville: Hard-Boiled Masculinity in Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest.” Men and Masculinity 7:1 (July 2004): 52-76.

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