English, French, Ancient Greek, Latin
19th–21st century British and French; archaic and classical Greek
Victorian and Modernist literature; Queer Theory; Affect Theory; Psychoanalysis; Classical Reception
Mary Mussman studies qualities and affects that index queer femininity in English and French texts since the 19th century, as well as the reception of Sappho. Other research interests include loss and grief, transgression and secrecy, and illness and madness. Her work is informed by affect theory, psychoanalysis, and queer theory. Mary is also working on a manuscript of poems.
Mary joined the Comparative Literature Department in 2015 after graduating from Yale University, where she majored in Literature. She has also studied at l'École Normale Supérieure de Paris and l'Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris-IV).