Assistant Professor in Women's Studies
- Box 90760, Durham, NC 27708-0760
210 East Duke Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
- Phone: (919) 684-9661
My research fields include contemporary feminist art, contemporary poetry, feminist theory, and 19th- and 20th-century US Literature. I have published essays on a wide range of topics, from African-American visual culture to American poetry’s relationship to feminist theory. I am currently working on two book manuscripts: “Poetics of Address: Imagining the Other Woman in Contemporary Art” and "The Sense of an Arrangement: Feminist Aesthetics in Contemporary Poetry." The first analyzes the work of feminist artists who bring together images and the textual appearance of language in unpredictable configurations. I argue that this choice draws attention to the image as a site of affective labor, but also creates what I call a poetics of address, a call to viewers to become feminist readers of visual culture. A Sense of Arrangement represents my long-standing research on the relations between contemporary poetry and feminist thought. It analyzes the work of five poets—Barbara Guest, Susan Howe, Ann Lauterbach, Rosemarie Waldrop, and Claudia Rankine—who have contributed substantially to the field of contemporary poetry and women’s place within it. The book traces how these poets' engagement with the excesses of vision and sound aligns with current feminist scholarship on sound, affect, and sensation. Increasingly, my research is drawn to the styles, objects, and practices that can be identified by through the term "femininity," which has led to my interest in girl cultures and fashion. An essay on the depiction of fashionable clothing in the work Harlem Renaissance writer Jessie Fauset is forthcoming in the collection Crossings in Text and Textile, 1818-1934 (University Press of New England). I am a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program, and have published art criticism in The Brooklyn Rail, curated exhibitions of contemporary art (most notably, "Imaginary Arsenals" for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council) and written catalog essays for contemporary artists Matthew Buckingham and Renata Poljak.
Ph.D., University of Washington 2007
Awards and Honors
Edith and Richard French Visiting Research Fellowship, Yale University’s Beinecke Library, 2013-2014. Yale University’s Beinecke Library., 2013
Faculty Manuscript Workshop, Mellon-Frankin Humanities Institute. Unknown., 2012
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Women's Studies, Duke University. Women's Studies, Duke University., 2009
Junior Fellow: Women of Color in Popular Culture. University of Iowa, Center of Ethnic Studies and the Arts., 2008
Winterthur Library Research Fellowship. Unknown., 2008
Service to the Profession
- Exposing the Gaze: Gender and Sexuality in Art.. January 17, 2013
- Who Needs Feminism? Reflecting and Continuing. October 2012
- Unzipped and In Print. September 2012
- Journal Referee, Contemporary Literature. August 2012
- Journal Referee, Studies in the Novel. June 2012
- Journal Referee, Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. November 2011
- Journal Referee, Cultural Anthropology. August 2011
- Journal Referee, PMLA. August 2010
- Feminist Hieroglyphs: Rewriting the Feminine in Mary Kelly's Post-Partum Document (1973-79) and Laura Mulvey's Riddles of the Sphinx (1977). December 5, 2012
- 'O Where I Lay': Inscribing the Field of Immanence in the Work of Hilda Morley. November 12, 2011
- The Deconstructive Impulse: Women Artists Reconfigure the Signs of Power 1973-1992. September 22, 2011
- Carrie Mae Weems, In Conversation. February 3, 2011
- Feminist Memories/Memories of Feminism. November 12, 2008
- Gertrude Stein as Modernist Icon. April 1, 2008
- Lamm, K. (2015, December 4). Between the open and the hidden: clothing, segregation, and the feminine counter-archive in the photographs of Gordon Parks. Critical Arts, 29 (sup1), 134-149.
- Lamm, K. (2015, May 4). Texting girls: images, sounds, and words in neoliberal cultures of femininity. Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, 25 (2), 111-127.
- Lamm, K. (2014, August 1). Modern spectacle and American feminism's disappointing daughters: Writing fantasy echoes in The Portrait of a Lady. Feminist Theory, 15 (2), 179-196.
- Lamm, K. (2012, January 1). Poetry's Afterlife: Verse in the Digital Age * Poetry's Afterlife: Verse in the Digital Age * Male Subjectivity and Poetic Form in "New American" Poetry * Urban Pastoral: Natural Currents in the New York School * Deep Skin: Elizabeth Bishop and Visual Art. American Literature, 84 (1), 212-215.
- Lamm, KK. (2012). Out of the Garbage, the Collage of Me: Alice Notley's Culture of One. Golden Handcuffs, 1 (15). (Review)
- Lamm, KK. (2011, July). Ready-Made Baroness: The Gendered Language of Dadaist Dress. Jacket 2. (Academic Article)
- Lamm, KK. (2011). At the Pivot of the Biopolitical: Seeing Sex and Racism in Lorna Simpson’s "You’re Fine.". K Deepwell (Ed.). n.paradoxa: International Feminist Art Journal, 28, 88-93. (Academic Article)
- Lamm, KK. (2011). A Future for Isabel Archer: Jamesian Feminism, Leo Bersani, and Aesthetic Subjectivity. The Henry James Review, 32, 249-258.
- Lamm, KK. (2009). Reflecting on the Lady in the Looking-Glass: Virginia Woolf’s Feminism and the Maternalization of Photography. Virginia Woolf Miscellany, 11-13. (Academic Article)
- Lamm, KK. (2004). SEEING FEMINISM IN EXILE: THE IMAGINARY MAPS OF MONA HATOUM. Michigan Feminist Studies, (18), 1-34.
- Lamm, KK. (2015). The Midwife’s Clothing: Jessie Fauset In and Out of Fashion (In preparation). In K Joslin and D Wardrop (Eds.), Crossings in Text and Textile Lebanon, NH: University of New Hampshire Press.
- Lamm, KK. (2013, November). Girly Men Ballads: (Il)legible Identities in Charles Bernstein and Gertrude Stein. In W Allegrezza (Ed.), The Salt Companion to Charles Bernstein (pp. 57-84). Salt Publishing.
- Lamm, KK. (2013). Fair Realism: The Aesthetics of Restraint in Barbara Guest’s Collaborations. In M Silverberg (Ed.), Collaborations in New York School Poetry: The Color of Vowels (pp. 113-140). Palgrave MacMillan.
- Lamm, KK. (2009). Ceci N’est Pas Keith/ Ceci N’est Pas Rosmarie: Writing Another Language for Feminist Poetics. In K Freitag and K Vester (Eds.), Another Language: Contemporary American Poetic Experiment in a Changing World (pp. 259-269). LIT Verlag.
- Lamm, KK. (2007). Portraits of the Past, Imagined Now: Reading the Work of Lorna Simpson and Carrie Mae Weems. In A Cotton and C Acampora (Eds.), (Un)Making Race, Re-Making Soul: Transformative Aesthetics and the Practice of Freedom SUNY Press.
- Lamm, KK. (2007). All Together/Now: Writing the Space of Collectivities in the Poetry of Juliana Spahr. In American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics (pp. 133-156). Wesleyan University Press.
- Lamm, KK. (2006). Portraiture. In L Warren (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography (pp. 1062-1064). Routledge.
- Lamm, KK. (2006). Modernism. In L Warren (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography (pp. 1288-1292). Routledge.
- Lamm, KK. (2005). Hambone. In HA Ostrom and JD Macey (Eds.), The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature: O-T (pp. 699-700). (Essay)
- Lamm, KK. (2004). Getting Close to the Screen of Exile: Evoking and Resisting the National ‘Mother
Tongue’ in Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictée. In E Marino and B Simal (Eds.), Transnational, National, and Personal Voices: New Perspectives on Asian American and Asian Diasporic Women Writers (pp. 43-65). Münster: Lit Verlag.
- Lamm, KK. (2003). A Man in the Crowd. In “A” man of the crowd - Matthew Buckingham. (Essay)
- Lamm, KK. (2001). "Fanny Howe," "Ann Lauterbach," and "Alice Notley.". In EL Haralson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn. (Essay)
- Lamm, K. (2014). The Poetics of Black Aesthetics. Contemporary Literature, 55 (1), 168-181.
- Lamm, KK. (2012, March). Review of Kevin Stein’s Poetry’s Afterlife: Verse in the Digitial Age; Andrew Mossin’s Male Subjectivity and Poetic Form in ‘New American’ Poetry; Timothy Gray’s Urban Pastoral: Natural Currents in the New York School; Peggy Samuels’ Deep Skin: Elizabeth Bishop and Visual Art. American Literature, 84, 212-215.
- Lamm, KK. (2012). Suspensions of Perception: Attention, Spectacle, and Modern Culture. Cultural Critique, 50, 215-218.
- Lamm, KK. (2011, March). Review of Daneen Wardrop’s Emily Dickinson and the Labor of Clothing and Katherine Joslin’s Edith Wharton and the Making of Fashion. American Literature, 83, 206-207.
- Lamm, KK. (2010, October). On Barbara Guest. E Foster (Ed.). Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, 38, 39, 40, 162-172.
- Lamm, KK. (2008). Review of Alice Notley’s In the Pines. E Foster (Ed.). Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, 36-37, 23-27.
- Lamm, KK. (2004). “Ghosts of Kingdom Come.” Review Essay of Kate Meads’ Quizzing the Dead and
Ingrid Wendt’s Blow the Candle Out. Cold Mountain Review, 32 (2).
- Lamm, KK. (2002). Then and Now: Reading the Texts of Race. College Literature, 32 (4).
- Lamm, KK. (2002). Review of Tim Dean’s Beyond Sexuality. Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society., 7 (1), 150-154.
- Lamm, KK. The Question of Race in the American Avant-Garde. Contemporary Literature, 50, 831-839.
- Lamm, KK. (2013). ’Pussy in a Can’: Sexual Trafficking, Feminization, and Neoliberalism in The Wire.
- Lamm, KK. (2011). The Poetics of Address: Imagining the Other Woman in Contemporary Art.
- Lamm, KK. (2011). The Sense of Arrangement: Feminist Aesthetics in Contemporary Poetry.
- Lamm, KK. (2010, December). Review of "Picasso and the Allure of Language". The Brooklyn Rail. (Review)
- Lamm, KK. (2009, May). Review of "Mickalene Thomas: She’s Come Undone". The Brooklyn Rail. (Review)
- Lamm, KK. (2009, April). Review of "Burning Down the House: Building a Feminist Art Collection". The Brooklyn Rail. (Review)
- Lamm, KK. (2009). Review of "Reflecting on the Electric Mirror: New Feminist Video". The Brooklyn Rail. (Review)
- Lamm, KK. (2008, November). Review of "Whitfield Lovell: Kith and Kin". The Brooklyn Rail. (Review)
- Lamm, KK. (2008, September). Review of "Ghada Amer: Love Has No End". The Brooklyn Rail. (Review)
- Lamm, KK. (2008). Like Going Underwater.
- Lamm, KK. (2008). Review of "Cutting Realities: Gender Strategies in Eastern European Art". The Brooklyn Rail. (Review)
- Lamm, KK. (2008). Gender in a Minor Key: Rosmarie Waldrop’s A Key into the Language of America. How2. (Essay, Scholarly Commentary)
- Lamm, KK. (2008). The Clarity of Fanny Howe’s Doubt. How2, 1 (6). (Essay, Scholarly Commentary)
- Lamm, KK. (2008). "Cutting Realities: Gender Strategies in Eastern European Art." Austrian
Cultural Forum Sept. 23.-Nov. 29, 2008. Brooklyn Rail. (Review)
- Lamm, KK. (2007, September). Review of "Gego, Between Transparency and the Invisible". The Brooklyn Rail. (Review)
- Lamm, KK. (2006). Reinventing Empire, Celebrating Commerce: Two Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Exhibitions. American Quarterly, 58, 181-203.
- Lamm, KK. (2006). Review of "Ed Ruscha’s The Course of Empire". Artus, 62-63. (Review)
- Lamm, KK. (2006). Review of "The Art and Films of Lynn Hershman Leeson.". Artus, 62-63. (Review)
- Lamm, KK. (2006). Review of "Candida Hofer: Architecture of Absence". Artus, 44-44. (Review)
- Lamm, KK. (2002). “One Lighting the Other, Seductively”: James Schuyler, Eileen Myles, and the Sexuality of Literary Influence. How2. (Essay, Scholarly Commentary)
- Lamm, KK. (2002). Interview with Eileen Myles. How2, 8 (1). (Essay, Scholarly Commentary)
- Lamm, KK. (2001). Inquiries: A Conversation About, Across, Within, and Inspired by Lyn Hejinian's The Language of Inquiry. How2, 1 (6). (Editorial Comment, Scholarly Commentary)