Donald Morton

Professor, English


Donald Morton's areas of intellectual interest include Marxism, critical theory, critical cultural studies, gender and sexuality. His writings have appeared in a broad spectrum of publications, including well-known scholarly journals such as PMLA, diacritics, boundary 2, Cultural Critique, College English, The American Journal of Semiotics, New Literary History, Genders, The Journal of Urban and Cultural Studies , Studies in English Literature , Studies in the Novel , as well as in journals reaching a wider public audience, such as In These Times and Works and Days . Some of his essays (such as “The Politics of Queer Theory in the Postmodern Moment,” “ Global (Sexual) Politics, Class Struggle, and the Queer Left,” and “Birth of the Cyberqueer”) have been widely cited and republished. For a time he was a regular columnist for the Australian journal, Critical InQueries . Among his book publications are Theory, (Post)Modernity, Opposition: An "Other" Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory (1991); Theory/Pedagogy /Politics: Texts for Change (1991); Theory as Resistance: Politics and Culture after (Post)Structuralism (1994); Post-ality: Marxism and Postmodernism (1995); The Material Queer: A LesBiGay Cultural Studies Reader (1996); Marxism, Queer Theory, Gender (2001). His book on Vladimir Nabokov appeared in English and in German translation. He is a member of the editorial boards of the online journal, Genders , and of College Literature . He has reviewed numerous book manuscripts for publication in both university and commercial presses, among them, University of Minnesota Press , Duke University Press, Westview Press , Southern Illinois University Press, State University of New York Press, University of IIlinois Press , Harper-Collins. In addition he has refereed articles for such journals as PMLA; C ollege Literature; Body and Society (Britain); Genders; College English; Convergence: The Journal of Research into New Media Technologies; Sociological Theory; The Maryland Historian; American Drama; South Atlantic Review. He has introduced numerous innovative courses to the curriculum (such as “The Prison-Industrial Complex,” “The Culture of Addiction,” “Cybersexualities,” . . . ). He has received numerous national fellowships and is a recipient of the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the Syracuse University College of Arts and Sciences.




Areas of Supervision

Literary and cultural theory Honors theses and theory-oriented M. A. theses and Ph. D. dissertations, namely in Gay/Queer Studies and Marxism.