More About the Author
David Greven is Associate Professor of English at the University of South Carolina. His areas of specialization are nineteenth-century American literature; cinema, television, and popular culture; psychoanalytic theory, queer theory, and gender studies; and the history of American literary and film criticism.
Greven's most recent books are "Psycho-Sexual: Male Desire in Hitchcock, De Palma, Scorsese, and Friedkin" and "The Fragility of Manhood: Hawthorne, Freud, and the Politics of Gender."
He is also the author of "Representations of Femininity in the Cinema: The Woman's Film, Film Noir, and Modern Horror," which considers the recurring theme of female transformation in the woman's film. Transformation occurs on several levels, but most dramatically in terms of the woman's appearance. Greven considers the sexual and political implications of these metamorphoses. This book also makes the case that modern horror works should be read as "concealed woman's films." The book treats a wide range of films from "Now, Voyager," "The Heiress," and "Vertigo," to "Carrie," the "Alien" films, and "The Brave One."
Greven's 2009 book, "Manhood in Hollywood from Bush to Bush" (University of Texas Press), argues that a split between narcissism and masochism informs cinematic masculinity from 1989 to the present. Also published in 2009, Greven's book "Gender and Sexuality in Star Trek" (McFarland) considers the allegorical representation of gay characters in the Trek mythos.
"The Fragility of Manhood: Hawthorne, Freud, and The Politics of Gender" is the first Freudian study of Hawthorne's work since Frederick Crews' 1966 "The Sins of the Fathers." Through a queer theory lens, Greven reopens the question of Freud's relevance to gender theory and to Hawthorne's work. Greven argues that Hawthorne offers a powerful critique of normative American masculinity.
Greven's first book, "Men Beyond Desire: Manhood, Sex, and Violation in American Literature" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), studies the recurrent figure of the emotionally and sexually unavailable male in antebellum American literature. David Leverenz, reviewing the book in the Melville journal Leviathan, writes, "Greven's assertions often have imaginative zest... Greven has written a fine first book: sophisticated, smart, ambitious, intellectually courageous." "American Studies Today" describes the book as "a refreshing and comprehensive study of the representation of gender and gendered relationships by authors such as Irving, Cooper, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, and Stowe, among others."
Greven's essays have appeared or will appear in journals such as The Journal of American Culture, Legacy, New Literary History, American Quarterly, Postmodern Culture, Cinema Journal, Genders, Jump Cut, Modern Psychoanalysis, Nineteenth Century Studies, The European Journal of American Culture, Refractory, Studies in American Fiction, Poe Studies: Dark Romanticism, and The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, as well as the critical readers "Reel Food," "Action Chicks," and "Reading Sex and the City."
Greven has co-edited a special issue of The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review on the "Late Hawthorne" (vol.35, Fall 2009). He is on the advisory board for the journal Genders and The Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, and reads essays and manuscripts for journals and publishers such as PMLA, College Literature, Early American Literature, Oxford University Press, Routledge, Northwestern University Press, and Peter Lang.
Greven is a winner of a Phyllis W. Meadow Award for Excellence in Psychoanalytic Writing for his essay "Rereading Narcissism: Freud's Theory of Male Homosexuality and Hawthorne's 'The Gentle Boy,'" published in Modern Psychoanalysis vol. 34(2), 2009.