Associate Professor Fred Whiting joined the faculty in Fall 2001. He received his Ph.D. in English and American Literatures from the University of Chicago. Whiting specializes in Twentieth Century American Literature and Culture and Critical Theory. His current work in progress includes The Inner Limits: Persons, Novels, and Form in Postwar America, a book examining the literary, legal, and scientific representations of the sexual psychopath as an episode in the conceptual genealogy of monstrosity.
"Playing Against Type: Statistical Personhood, Depth Narrative, and the Business of Genre in James M. Cain’s Double Indemnity," Journal of Narrative Theory, 36:2 (2006).
"Monstrosity on Trial: The Case of Naked Lunch" Twentieth Century Literature, 52.1 (Spring 2006).
"Stronger, Smarter, And Less Queer: 'The White Negro' and Mailer's Third Man," Women's Studies Quarterly, 33:3-4 (December 2005).
"Bodies of Evidence: Post-War Detective Fiction, Psychoanalysis and the Monstrous Origins of The Sexual Psychopath," Yale Journal of Criticism, 18:1 (Spring 2005).
"The Strange Particularity of the Lover's Preference: Pedophilia, Pornography, and the Anatomy of Monstrosity in Lolita," American Literature, 70:4 (December 1998).