David Deutsch

David Deutsch

Director, Undergraduate Studies

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  • English Building Fall 2021 Office hours:  M-W 8am until noon and by appointment on Thursday.  Please feel free to contact me about English's new Digital, Public, and Professional Writing minor and concentration and about undergraduate studies in our department in general.


  • PhD, English, Ohio State University, 2011

Research Areas

  • 20th-Century British Literature
  • Late American Literature


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.

He is currently working on a fifth book tentatively titled Ecstatic Ordinarinesses: Everyday Joys in 21st Century Queer American Painting and a novel about a gay spiritual farm compound.  As part of a new project on post-WWII queer American fiction, he has published a book for USC Press’ Understanding series and another book titled Queer Angels in Post-1945 American Literature and Culture: Bad Beatitudes was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2021. His previous work has been on British literature of the early twentieth century  His research has been supported by an Institute of Historical Research Mellon Fellowship, as well as grants from various other venues.

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

  • “Gio Black Peter’s Sublime Subway Maps: Reading the Routes of a Queer New York City.” Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban Literary Studies. Ed. Jeremy Tambling.  Palgrave, 2021.
  • “Richard Bruce Nugent’s Unpublished Modernism.” Historicizing Modernists: Approaches to Archivalism. Eds. M. Feldman, E. Tonning, and A. Svendsen. Bloomsbury Academic,  2021.
  • “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’Oeuvre.” 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).