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Corinne E. Blackmer, Ph.D.

Corinne Blackmer.

Associate Professor of English and Judaic Studies

Hebrew Bible; Sexuality and Gender Studies; Late 19th and 20th Century American Literature; Judaic Studies

Office: Engleman Hall D236
Phone: 203.392.6715





Ph.D., American Literature and Language, University of California, Los Angeles, 1991
M.A., English and Rhetorical Theory, University of California, Los Angeles, 1988
B.A.,  magna cum laude, English and Classics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1985

About Professor Blackmer

I was born in Santa Monica, California, and was educated in Los Angeles, Crevecoeur, Missouri, Tel Aviv, Israel, Westport, Connecticut, and Paris, France. At seventeen, while on a trip to Israel, the Yom Kippur War broke out, and I served in the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) on the Sinai front of the war as an assistant medic. I have also worked as a lifeguard in Malibu, California and have devoted myself for decades to the cause of civil rights for LGBT people, first as an AIDS activist in ACT-UP and later in Connecticut in the non-profit organization, Love Makes a Family. I am married to Pilar Stewart, who is a research librarian at Yale, and we live in a restored Craftsman/Victorian house on the National Historical Registry in New Haven. I am an avid athlete and opera fan, and enjoy bicycling, volleyball, snowboarding, dancing and, of course, reading and writing. I read extensively in modern ethical theory, and am currently finishing a book length work on Jewish ethics of speech called Words of Wisdom: Reflections on the Jewish Laws of Speech.

Recent Courses Taught

LEP 101 - Narrating the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
JST 200 - Jewish Stories
LIT 300 - Hebrew Bible
JST 398 - Topics in Feminist Biblical Interpretation: Sex, Sexuality, and Slavery
ENG 460 - Queer Theory
ENG 462 - LGBT Film and Literature
ENG 568 - The American Novel: 1900-1945

Selected Publications and Presentations


Queering Anti-Zionism: LGBT Academic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction Activism. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, under contract.

Queer Loves in Jewish History. With Shaun Jacob Halper. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, forthcoming.

Remembrance and Forgetting in Contemporary Israeli Literature. Tel Aviv: Hadassa Press, 2016.

En Travesti: Women, Gender Subversion, Opera. With Patricia Juliana Smith. New York: Columbia University Press, 1998.


“Blues Women, Blues Writers.” The Jazz Era in American Literature. Ed. Mary Pat Brady. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2016. Gale Researcher.

“A Traumatic Professorial Education: Anti-Zionism and Homophobia in a Campus Hate Crime.” Poisoning the Well: Anti-Zionism and the Assault on Free Speech. Ed. Andrew Pessin and Doron Ben-Atar. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, forthcoming.

“Educating Spiritual Teachers in Emerson’s Divinity School Address.” In MLA Series: Teaching the Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Ed. Mark Long and Sean Meehan. New York: Modern Language Association,forthcoming.

“Teaching Race, Gender, and Narrative Form in Gertrude Stein’s ‘Melanctha.’” MLA Series: Approches to Teaching Gertrude Stein. Ed. Logan Esdale and Deborah Mix. New York: Modern Language Association, 2017. “Daughter of Eve, Femme Fatale, and Persecuted Artist: The Mythic Transgressive Woman in Oscar Wilde’s and Richard Strauss’s Salome.” Amaltea: A Journal of Myth Criticism. Vol. 8 (2016): 1-15.

“Transforming Ethical Behavior: The Musar Movement and the Care of the Self.” Judaica Ukrainica. Vol. 5.1 (December 2014): 33-69.

“No Name Woman: Noah’s Wife and Heterosexual Maternal Incest in Gen. 9: 18-29.” Judaica Ukrainica. Vol. 4.26 (November 2012): 18-34.

“Ethnoporn, Lesbian Childhood, and Native Maternal Culture: Reading National Geographic with Elizabeth Bishop.” GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies 4.1 (December 1998): 96-141.

“The Veils of the Law: Race and Sexuality in Nella Larsen’s Passing. College Literature 22.3 (October 1995): 50-67.

“African Masks and the Arts of Passing in Gertrude Stein’s ‘Melanctha’ and Nella Larsen’s Passing.” Journal of the History of Sexuality 4.2 (October 1993): 230-63.