Adam J. Frank

Professor | Associate Head, Graduate
phone 604 822 4087

Thematic Research Area

Education

Brown University|Duke University



|BA|PhD

About

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 ELHCriticismCritical 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. He recently completed a sabbatical year fellowship at the Paris Institute for Advanced Study (2018-19), and is the recipient of a UBC Public Humanities Hub Course Release Award (2019-20).


Research

Areas of Specialization:

  • Nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, media, and poetics
  • Theories and histories of affect and feeling
  • Unorthodox psychoanalytic theory
  • Sound studies
  • Science and technology studies

I am currently at work on two main projects:

  • Radio Free Stein is a large-scale critical sound project (supported by a multi-year SSHRC Insight Grant) that renders ten plays by Gertrude Stein into musical and dramatic form. Its main objectives are to advance the study and understanding of Stein’s dramatic work and to locate and explore her poetics in relation to twentieth- and twenty-first century North American experimental music. 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). I am currently preparing a book manuscript based on this project.
  • “A Survey of Motives for Criticism” names a project that takes issue with the rejection of subjectivity that has taken place within the various recent turns to ontology in the theoretical humanities. 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.”

Research networks:


Publications

Books:

 

 

 

Book Chapters or Journal Articles:

 

 

 

 

  • “Feeling.” In Caroline Jones, David Mather, Rebecca Uchill, eds., Experience: Cognition, Culture, and the Common Sense. MIT Press, 2016.

 

 

 

  • “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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio Recordings:


Additional Description


Adam J. Frank

Professor | Associate Head, Graduate
phone 604 822 4087

Brown University|Duke University



|BA|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 ELHCriticismCritical 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. He recently completed a sabbatical year fellowship at the Paris Institute for Advanced Study (2018-19), and is the recipient of a UBC Public Humanities Hub Course Release Award (2019-20).

Areas of Specialization:

  • Nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, media, and poetics
  • Theories and histories of affect and feeling
  • Unorthodox psychoanalytic theory
  • Sound studies
  • Science and technology studies

I am currently at work on two main projects:

  • Radio Free Stein is a large-scale critical sound project (supported by a multi-year SSHRC Insight Grant) that renders ten plays by Gertrude Stein into musical and dramatic form. Its main objectives are to advance the study and understanding of Stein’s dramatic work and to locate and explore her poetics in relation to twentieth- and twenty-first century North American experimental music. 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). I am currently preparing a book manuscript based on this project.
  • “A Survey of Motives for Criticism” names a project that takes issue with the rejection of subjectivity that has taken place within the various recent turns to ontology in the theoretical humanities. 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.”

Research networks:

Books:

 

 

 

Book Chapters or Journal Articles:

 

 

 

 

  • “Feeling.” In Caroline Jones, David Mather, Rebecca Uchill, eds., Experience: Cognition, Culture, and the Common Sense. MIT Press, 2016.

 

 

 

  • “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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio Recordings:

Adam J. Frank

Professor | Associate Head, Graduate
phone 604 822 4087

Brown University|Duke University



|BA|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 ELHCriticismCritical 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. He recently completed a sabbatical year fellowship at the Paris Institute for Advanced Study (2018-19), and is the recipient of a UBC Public Humanities Hub Course Release Award (2019-20).

Areas of Specialization:

  • Nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, media, and poetics
  • Theories and histories of affect and feeling
  • Unorthodox psychoanalytic theory
  • Sound studies
  • Science and technology studies

I am currently at work on two main projects:

  • Radio Free Stein is a large-scale critical sound project (supported by a multi-year SSHRC Insight Grant) that renders ten plays by Gertrude Stein into musical and dramatic form. Its main objectives are to advance the study and understanding of Stein’s dramatic work and to locate and explore her poetics in relation to twentieth- and twenty-first century North American experimental music. 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). I am currently preparing a book manuscript based on this project.
  • “A Survey of Motives for Criticism” names a project that takes issue with the rejection of subjectivity that has taken place within the various recent turns to ontology in the theoretical humanities. 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.”

Research networks:

Books:

 

 

 

Book Chapters or Journal Articles:

 

 

 

 

  • “Feeling.” In Caroline Jones, David Mather, Rebecca Uchill, eds., Experience: Cognition, Culture, and the Common Sense. MIT Press, 2016.

 

 

 

  • “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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio Recordings: