David Deutsch

David Deutsch

Associate Professor
Director, Undergraduate Studies

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  • Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD, English, Ohio State University, 2011

Research Areas

  • 20th-Century British Literature
  • Late American Literature


Associate Professor David Deutsch earned his PhD at the Ohio State University in 2011, having previously earned his MA and BA from the University of Georgia. He joined the Department of English at The University of Alabama in 2011.

His research has been supported by an Institute of Historical Research Mellon Fellowship, as well as grants from various other venues. As part of a new project on post-WWII queer American fiction, he has published a monograph for USC Press’ Understanding series and a third book titled Queer Angels in Post-WWII American Fiction and Culture: Bad Beatitudes is under contract with Bloomsbury Academic. He has begun work on a short monograph tentatively titled Ecstatic Ordinarinesses: Everyday Joys in 21st Century Queer American Art.  His previous work has been on British literature of the early twentieth century.

Recently, he finished a two-year role as the director for the UA in Oxford study abroad program and in fall of 2018 he became Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of English.



Articles and Essays

  • “Richard Bruce Nugent’s Unpublished Modernism.” Historicizing Modernism. Eds. M. Feldman, E. Tonning, and A. Svendsen. Bloomsbury Academic, forthcoming 2020.
  • “John Rechy’s Bad Beatitudes: Surviving the Desire for Salvation.” TSLL 61.3 (Fall 2019): 244-69.
  • “Jim Grimsley’s Boulevard and Queer New Orleans Flâneuries.” LIT 28.4 (Fall 2017): 296-316.
  • “Robust Bodies and Social Souls: Reassessing Ronald Firbank’s Effeminate Queer Men.” Studies in the Novel 47.4 (2015): 469-90.
  • “Virginia Woolf, Katharine Burdekin, and Britain’s Cosmopolitan Musical Culture.” Virginia Woolf Writing the World. Eds. Pamela L. Caughie and Diana L. Swanson.  Clemson University Press, 2015.
  • “To ‘Ennoble and Fortify’: Pater’s Oxonian Musical Ideal.” The Pater Newsletter 65 (2015): 5-25.
  • “Art and Imperfection: Zola’s L’O euvre.” AJFS 52.1 (2015): 73-86.
  • “The Pianola in Early Twentieth-Century British Literature: ‘Really it is a wonderful machine.'” ELT 58.1 ( 2015): 73-90.
  • “Introduction to Beverley Nichols’ Crazy Pavements.” Crazy Pavements. Kansas City: Valancourt Books, 2013. v-x.
  • “Reconnecting Music to Howards End.” LIT 21.3 (2010): 163-86.


  • “Early Modernist Travel Writing and Travel Fiction.”  English Literature in Transition 59.3 (2016): 413-17. (Review of Robert Burden’s Travel, Modernism and Modernity).
  • “A True Spectrum of Queer North Carolina Writing.”  NCLR (2020): online. (Review of Wilton Barnhardt’s edited collection Every True Pleasure: LGBTQ Tales of North Carolina).