Adam J. Frank
Thematic Research Area
Period/Nation Research Area
BA, Brown University
Duke University, PhD
Adam Frank’s research and teaching areas include nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature and media, histories and theories of affect and feeling, and science and technology studies. His essays have appeared in ELH, Criticism, Critical Inquiry, Science in Context, and elsewhere. He is the author of Transferential Poetics, from Poe to Warhol (Fordham University Press, 2015), co-author (with Elizabeth Wilson) of A Silvan Tomkins Handbook (University of Minnesota Press, 2020) , and co-editor (with Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick) of Shame and Its Sisters: A Silvan Tomkins Reader (Duke University Press, 1995). He has also produced a dozen recorded audiodramas in collaboration with composers locally, nationally, and internationally.
Areas of Specialization:
- Nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, media, and poetics
- Theories and histories of affect and object-relations theory
- Sound/radio studies
- Science and technology studies
I am currently at work on two main projects:
- I am completing work on a book manuscript based on a large-scale research-creation project titled Radio Free Stein (supported by a SSHRC Insight Grant 2013-19). In collaboration with several composers, this critical sound project renders nine plays by Gertrude Stein as radio theater. Performances associated with this project have taken place in Vancouver (at the Western Front and The Cultch), in New York City (at Symphony Space), and in Paris (at the Hôtel de Lauzun).
- “A Survey of Motives for Criticism”: Why shouldn’t a critical and reflexive account of subjectivity play a central role in our thinking? There appears to be something “embarrassing” about subjectivity, and I take the remarkable downward shift in the cultural prestige of psychoanalysis over the last several decades to index this embarrassment. My current research explores the various uses of Freud’s notion of “psychic reality,” debates on phantasy (or fantasy), and pursues a genealogy of the pejorative term “psychologization.”
- Co-authored with Elizabeth A. Wilson, A Silvan Tomkins Handbook. University of Minnesota Press, 2020.
Author interviews about this book:
- Australian Humanities Review 67 (November 2020), 46-54. Interviewer Monique Rooney.
- Emory University’s Digital Publishing in the Humanities video interview. Interviewer Joey Orr.
- “Transferential Moments: An Interview with Adam Frank.” Revue française d’études américaines 168 (2021), 97-106. Interviewer Nicholas Manning.
- Transferential Poetics, from Poe to Warhol. Fordham University Press, 2015.
- Co-edited with Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Shame and Its Sisters: A Silvan Tomkins Reader. Durham: Duke University Press, 1995.
Book Chapters or Journal Articles:
- Guest edited special issue of Textual Practice titled “Feeling in Time: Radio Free Stein.”
- With Sophie Barklamb and Tim Elfring. “Introduction: Gertrude Stein’s theatre and the Radio Free Stein project.” Textual Practice 36.12 (December 2022): 1971-1983. [90%]
- “Gertrude Stein’s radio audience.” Textual Practice 36.12 (December 2022): 2016-2037.
- “Studio Audience: Glenn Gould’s Contrapuntal Radio.” In Inge Arteel, Lars Bernaerts, Siebe Bluijs, and Pim Verhulst, eds., Tuning into the Neo-Avant-Garde: Experimental Radio Plays in the Postwar Period. Manchester University Press, 2021.
- “Sounding Out Stein’s Plays: Exercises in Group Analysis.” In Logan Esdale and Deborah Mix, eds., Approaches to Teaching the Works of Gertrude Stein. MLA, 2018.
- “Reading Literature and Science after Tomkins and Klein.” In Steven Meyer, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Science. Cambridge University Press, 2018.
- “The Expansion of Setting in Gertrude Stein’s Landscape Theater.” Modernism/modernity PRINTPLUS 3,1 (March 5, 2018).
- “Feeling.” In Caroline Jones, David Mather, Rebecca Uchill, eds., Experience: Cognition, Culture, and the Common Sense. MIT Press, 2016.
- “Maisie’s Spasms: Transferential Poetics in Henry James and Wilfred Bion.” Studies in Gender and Sexuality 17.3 (Summer 2016).
- “Radio Free Stein: Rendering Queen and Country.” In Janet Boyd and Sharon Kirsch, eds., Primary Stein: Returning to the Writing of Gertrude Stein. Lexington Books, 2014.
- “Introducing Radio Free Stein” and “Scenario for Gertrude Stein’s ‘For the Country Entirely: A Play in Letters’.” The Capilano Review 3.22 (Winter 2014), 49-70.
- With Elizabeth A. Wilson, “Like-minded: A Response to Ruth Leys’ ‘The Turn to Affect: A Critique’.” Critical Inquiry 38.4 (June 2012).
- “Loose Coordinations: Theater and Thinking in Gertrude Stein.” Science in Context 25.3 (September 2012).
- “Phantoms Limn: Silvan Tomkins and Affective Prosthetics.” Theory and Psychology. 17.4 (August 2007): 515-528.
- “Some Affective Bases for Guilt.” English Studies in Canada 32.1(June 2007).
- “Valdemar’s Tongue, Poe’s Telegraphy.” ELH 72.3 (Fall 2005). [won the James W. Gargano Award for the outstanding scholarly essay on Edgar Allan Poe for 2005]