Lorena Russell, Ph.D.

Professor and Director of the Inquiry ARC, UNC Asheville's QEP
220 Karpen Hall, CPO 2130

Dr. Lorena Russell graduated from UNC Asheville with degrees in German, English and the MLA before pursuing a Ph.D. in English with a feminist theory minor at UNC Chapel Hill. She returned as faculty in UNC Asheville's English department in 2002. Her interests include queer theory in fiction and film. She teaches a course on Virginia Woolf and one on Queer Film. Furthermore, Dr. Russell has written on authors Angela Carter & Jeanette Winterson. Along with articles on film & TV include work on Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane and The Hills Have Eyes. She currently serves a director of UNC Asheville's quality enhancement program on critical thinking, The Inquiry ARC


  • B.A., Literature and Language
  • B.A., German
  • UNC-Asheville (1989)
  • MLA, UNC-Asheville (1993)
  • MA, UNC-Chapel Hill (1995)
  • Ph.D., UNC-Chapel Hill (2002)

Courses Taught

  • HUM 324: The Modern World
  • HUM 214: Medieval World
  • LIT 349: Intro. to Postcolonial Liter.
  • LANG 120: Foundations of Academic Writing
  • LIT 491: Intro. to Literary Theory
  • LIT 489: Virginia Woolf Seminar
  • LIT 241: Intro. to Poetry
  • WMST 400: Senior Seminar
  • LIT 356: Art of the Novel
  • LIT 373: Queer Fictions

Recent Publications

  • "Enslavement and Emancipation" in Franz Kafka’s "The Penal Colony." Bloom’s Literary Themes. Ed. Blake Hobby. Infobase Publishing (in press).
  • “Queer Ideology and Horror in The Hills Have Eyes.” Philosophy and Horror. Ed. Thomas Fahy. McFarland Press. (in press).
  • “Exploration and Colonization” in J. M. Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians. Bloom’s Literary Themes. Ed. Blake Hobby. Infobase Publishing (in press).
  • “Fay Weldon.” Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction. Ed. Brian Shaffer. Blackwell Press. (in press)
  • “Giovanni’s Room and Human Sexuality.” Bloom’s Literary Themes: Human Sexuality. Eds. Blake Hobby and Harold Bloom. Infobase Publishing, 2009. 43-51.
  • “Change and Transformation: Virginia Woolf’s Orlando.” Bloom’s Literary Themes: Rebirth and Renewal. Eds. Blake Hobby and Harold Bloom. New York: Infobase Publishing, 2009. 181-190.
  • “Defense-of-Family Acts: Queering Famiglia in The Sopranos.” Considering Alan Ball. Ed. Tom Fahy. McFarland Press, 2007. 166-179.
  • “Latent Lesbians and Heterosexual Narrative: Tracing a Queer Poetics in Fay Weldon’s Fiction.” Literary Representations of Queer Heterosexuality. Ed. Richard Fantina. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press, 2006. 170-182.
  • “Aesthetes, Ogees and “The Lady”: Queer Complications in Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty.” Postscripts 23 (2006): 169-192.
  • “The Queer Intimacies of Six Feet Under.” Considering Alan Ball: Essays on Sexuality, Death, and America in the Television and Film Writings. Ed. Thomas Fahy. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press, 2006. 101-123.

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