Wesleyan portrait of Christina  Crosby

Christina Crosby

Professor of English

285 Court Street, 110

Professor, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



BA Swarthmore College
MAA Wesleyan University
PHD Brown University

Christina Crosby


My current work focuses on grief and the work of mourning, especially in relation to disability studies. How might a feminist and queer politics of irreparable loss and incurable injury engage with the past so as to imagine a more capacious and sustaining future. How are lives sustained under conditions of fragility and dependency, and what kinds of labor, including the work of grief and the endless labor of giving care, are required for living on? Who does this work, and how are grief and loss entwined with possibility and desire? In disability studies anomalous bodies and so-called disabilities are rightly considered welcome variants of human potentiality, rather than regrettable incapacities or injuries to be cured – but there are real losses, nonetheless, that must imperatively be addressed so as to enrich our understanding of human possibility.

**"My Lost Body: the Radical Claim of Militancy and Mourning," Guernica/ a magazine of global art & politics, special issue on "The Future of the Body" (February 2017): https://www.guernicamag.com/my-lost-body/

***“’We are looking for positives here”: Seeking Intersections of Pain, Grief, and Disability” Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation (November 30, 2016): https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/journalofhumanitiesinrehabilitation/2016/11/30/we-are-looking-for-positives-here-seeking-intersections-of-pain-grief-and-disability/ 

My second book, A Body, Undone: Living on After Great Pain (NYU Press, 2016), is a first-person account of living on after surviving a profoundly transformative spinal cord injury at age fifty. At once deeply personal and deeply unsentimental, it is my effort to “create something of an otherwise confounded life [by] ‘diving into the wreck’ of my body.” My writing is deeply informed by scholarly knowledge, but the tight focus is on my daily life and embodied immediacy. As one reviewer noted, the book “asks readers to recognize how messy, precarious, and queer, in every sense of the word, life in a body can be” (TheNewYorker.com).   

**"In Books, a Lifeline," The Chronicle Of Higher Education, March 6, 2016: https://www.chronicle.com/article/In-Books-a-Lifeline/23556 

My first book, The Ends of History: Victorians and “The Woman Question” (Routledge, 1990) explores Victorian historicism and the ways that “women,” so-called, must be exempted from the agon of history in order to secure a narrative of progress and human advancement. “The happiest woman, like the happiest nation, has no history,” George Eliot writes in The Mill on the Floss – for women, the conflicts that drive official history have no bearing, as theirs is the realm of domestic peace and moral order. The only history that a woman can "have" is a past of sexual scandal. I have also published essays and reviews on feminist, queer and Victorian topics.

BA, Swarthmore College, High Honors, 1974
PhD, Brown University, 1981

Assistant Professor of English, Wesleyan University, 1982-1989
Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies, Wesleyan University, 1989-1996
Professor of English and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Wesleyan University, 1996-present

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Fall Semester 2018

office hours: Mondays 4:00-5:30, and by appointment

This semester I am a faculty fellow at the Center for the Humanities, corner of Washington St. & Pearl St.– my office is #104.


285 Court St., #110





Fall 2020
FGSS 209 - 01
Feminist Theories

Spring 2021
ENGL 201P - 01
Ways of Reading: Autobiography