Laura Westengard’s Profile

Faculty
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Laura Westengard
Title
Assistant Professor
Department
English
Office
Namm 503
Academic interests

American Literature and Cultural Production after 1900, Queer Studies, Feminist Discourses, Trauma Studies, Composition Studies

Bio

• Point Person—Gender & Sexuality Studies
• Chair—Literature Curriculum Committee
• Faculty Advisor—Student PRIDE Club

Laura Westengard earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Riverside, and she holds an M.A. from the University of California, Riverside and a B.A. from California State University, San Bernardino. Her research and teaching interests include American literature and culture after 1900, queer studies, cultural studies, trauma studies, intersectional feminism, Gothicism, composition, and developmental writing. Her current book project, Gothic Queer Culture, proposes the existence of a 20th and 21st-century queer culture that responds to and challenges traumatic marginalization by creating a distinctly “Gothic” aesthetic. Using a cultural studies approach to examine the Gothicism in queer art and literature–live burial in lesbian pulp fiction, monstrosity in AIDS poetry, sadomasochism in trans performance art, the undead in contemporary film and television–the book argues that queer culture is Gothic at its core. She is also co-editing the collection 25 Sitcoms that Changed Television: From I Love Lucy to Modern Family (ABC/CLIO, 2017) with her colleague, Dr. Aaron Barlow. This collection explores American culture after 1945 through the analysis of television sitcoms and their cultural resonances.

Work Phone
718-260-5761

My Courses

ENG2180 Studies in Identity and Orientation FA2017

ENG2180 Studies in Identity and Orientation FA2017

Identity Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Literature: This course provides students with an introductory understanding of identity, focusing specifically on the concepts of gender and sexuality as they intersect with race, class, ethnicity, and other aspects of social location and identification. The class will analyze the appearance of gender and sexuality as integrated social concepts by reading and discussing contemporary American literature across multiple genres and media, learning relevant biographical information about the authors, situating the texts within their historical and literary context, and exploring the major symbols and themes present in the work.

ENG092W Developmental Writing F17

ENG092W Developmental Writing F17

This is a course in writing skills focusing on composing the essay, including revision and proofreading, designed to prepare students for credit-level writing courses. The course emphasizes instruction in advanced and varied sentence patterns, appropriate punctuation and grammar, and the use of the dictionary to investigate word formation and further develop vocabulary. Short readings will be studied as models to illustrate methods of development and organization.

ENG3402 Vampires, SP2014

ENG3402 Vampires, SP2014

This class explores the origins and characteristics of the vampire figure in literature and folklore in order to trace the evolution of the vampire in 20th and 21st century American literature, film, and television.

Eng 092W Dev. Writing, F 14

Eng 092W Dev. Writing, F 14

This site is for both of Prof. Westengard’s ENG 092W sections (D275 and D288). To enter the site, click on “Course Site” on the right side of the screen.

ENG3407 Gothic Lit., Sp2016

ENG3407 Gothic Lit., Sp2016

The purpose of this course is to gain a better understanding of the popular genre of the Gothic as it was developed and practiced in the late-eighteenth century and through to today in a variety of cultural contexts. An important foundation to this class is the idea that the Gothic is more than simply mysterious or strange; it is a transgressive and provocative sort of strange. The course will focus on key concepts such as horror, haunting, madness, monsters, and the undead, concepts that serve as entry points to theories such as the uncanny, queerness, and the sublime. Students will critically read, analyze, and write about the ways that the Gothic questions what it means to be normal or accepted. The class will learn about and practice using tools for reading, interpreting, and critically responding to fiction, film, poetry, and other cultural manifestations of the Gothic. In addition, students will participate in conversations about contemporary American identities and also engage in experiential learning through field trips to Gothic architectural spaces.

My Projects

L4: Living Lab Learning Library

L4: Living Lab Learning Library

A virtual resource exchange of teaching practices

The Open Road

The Open Road

The Open Road is our place to highlight all that’s possible on the OpenLab. Join now to keep up on OpenLab news, events, and updates. Check our weekly In the Spotlight posts for a glimpse into the incredible work being done by City Tech students, faculty, and staff. Follow OpenLab News for announcements and site updates. And see our OpenLab Calendar for office hours, events, and workshops. You can find our workshop schedule and signup for workshops here as well. The Open Road is also a place for the OpenLab community (meaning you!). We would love your feedback, insight, and comments. Please send along anything on the OpenLab that you love! We are always available for any questions you might have. Email us anytime at openlab@citytech.cuny.edu!

First Year Writing @ City Tech

First Year Writing @ City Tech

FYW@City Tech is a program and a digital forum for sharing curricular and pedagogical resources related to teaching and learning about writing at City Tech

English Department

English Department

Online space for faculty members of the English Department to collaborate, share resources, have conversations, and archive departmental materials. *Avatar Photo Credit: magnetic fridge poetry, Steve Johnson, July 3, 2007: https://flic.kr/p/86hhuk

Open Pedagogy on the OpenLab

Open Pedagogy on the OpenLab

The purpose of this project is to create a forum to ask questions, generate discussion, and share teaching materials, resources, and ideas about teaching and learning on the OpenLab. Avatar and site header image from Flickr user opensourceway.

My Clubs

LGBTQFaculty&Staff@CityTech

LGBTQFaculty&Staff@CityTech

This club is for support and friendship among the staff and faculty LGBTQ community.