Howard Fisher

Email: 
howard.fisher@berkeley.edu
Office: 
4319 Dwinelle Hall
Office Hours: 
Mondays 11am-1pm and by appointment

Research Areas

history and theory of the novel; literary modernism in England, Germany, and the United States (19th and 20th centuries); linguistic anthropology; gender and sexuality studies; queer theory

Biography

Howard Fisher is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature specializing in 19th- and 20th-century fiction, linguistic anthropology, gender and sexuality studies, and queer theory. His dissertation, "Possibility, Singularity, Disqualification: Forms of Experimental Fiction and the Queerness of Language-in-Use," advances a theory of experimental fiction that emerges out of novels’ representations of conversation and essayistic modes of address that comment on what characters are doing when talking. As the dissertation demonstrates how the novels renew fiction to author original theories of language-in-use, it argues that such experimental works’ attention to language’s incongruous social effects entails an examination of how non-normative sexualities exist in the world.

In the department of Comparative Literature, Howard has taught courses in Reading and Composition and American Cultures. Like his reasearch, his teaching focuses on social, literary, and critical theory, sexuality studies, and 19th- and 20th-century literature and culture.

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Howard received a B.A. in English and German from Boston University in 2010. Before beginning graduate study at UC, Berkeley, he worked for a small grants project based at The University of Massachusetts in Boston that supported community media organizations.