Alexander Eastwood is a Doctoral Candidate in English and Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto, from which he holds a B.A. (Hons.) in English. He is also a Junior Fellow of Massey College, and a Graduate Associate at the Centre for Ethics.
Alex’s dissertation, entitled “Strange Dwellings: Sex and Settling in Modern American Literature,” examines the concept of home in American modernism, and the import of somatic experience to the need for privacy and refuge within everyday life. His work is particularly concerned with the debilitating effects of negativity. Reading against the grain of most modernist criticism, he explores the theoretical and pragmatic “reparative” alternatives to negativity that modernist texts offer us by paying close attention to the inner workings of gender and sexuality on various affective, aesthetic and material registers.