Rachel Trousdale’s research examines affect, hybridity, and community-building in twentieth-century literature. Her first book, Nabokov, Rushdie, and the Transnational Imagination, argues that transnational novelists use the alternate worlds of fiction to construct flexible alternatives to national identity—and to enlist readers in their new communities. Her project The Joking Voice shows how American poets in the twentieth century provide the basis for a new theory of empathetic humor. She is also the editor of Humor in Modern American Poetry, forthcoming 2014. Her articles and reviews have appeared in The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, The Journal of Modern Literature, Comparative Literature Studies,The Yale Review, and many other places. She is also a poet, with publications in journals and anthologies including Literary Imagination, The Atlanta Review, The Southern Poetry Anthology, and Sou’wester. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University. More information may be found at www.racheltrousdale.com.
Nabokov, Rushdie, and the Transnational Imagination: Novels of Exile and Alternate Worlds (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)
“Virginia Woolf and Vladimir Nabokov” (with Priscilla Meyer). Comparative Literature Studies. Forthcoming 2013.
“A Female Prophet? Female Authority and Memory in Marjane Satrapi. Drawing from Life: Memory and Subjectivity in Comic Art, ed. Jane Tolmie. University of Mississippi Press. Forthcoming December 1, 2013
“Humor Saves Steps: Laughter and Humanity in Marianne Moore.” Journal of Modern Literature 35: 3 (2012) 121-138.
“City of Mongrel Joy: Bombay in Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children and The Moor’s Last Sigh.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature 39:2 (2004): 95-110.
Poems and reviews in Literary Imagination, The Atlanta Review, Rain Taxi Review of Books, and The Yale Review, among other places.