Keenan Burton

Lecturer in French
PhD, Washington University in Saint Louis
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    • Washington University
    • CB 1077
    • One Brookings Drive
    • St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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    Keenan Burton is a scholar of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French literature and culture, queer studies, and opera studies.

    Professor Burton’s research focuses on queer performance and depictions of gender transition in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century France. His dissertation, “The Queer Imaginary in French Literature and Opera: Undressing Gender, Sexuality, and Difference” places queer voices of the past in dialogue with modern queer theory to explore the limits of binary notions of sex, the flexibility of gender categories, and queer modes of expression in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century France.

    Burton currently teaches courses in elementary and intermediate French in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.