Brenden O'Donnell

Brenden O'DonnellPhD - ABD
MA English and Women's and Gender Studies Joint Degree, Brandeis University, 2012
BA Duquesne University, 2010
University Writing Center Co-Director
Office Location: Rabb 135


Queer Temperance: Recovery as Critical Mourning


Professor Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman

Research Interests

LGBTIA literature, pulp fiction, new queer cinema, critical addiction studies, disability studies, theories of mourning and melancholia


"Writers Beat Addiction in Out of the Wreck." Chicago Review of Books. 12 January 2017. Web.

"Surveilling Lesbians: Hitchcock, Narrative Cinema, and the Criminalization of Sexuality." Under Review at GLQ.


"Why Boyhood Never Grew Up: Substance and Free Will in American Independent Film." Presented as guest lecturer to Professor Caren Irr's American Independent Film class. 16 November 2016

"Rereading the Lush: a Queer Ecology of Midcentury Gay Pulp." Presented at "Rethinking Posthumanism" graduate conference at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. April 2016

"The Icy Blonde and Lesbian Desire in The Birds." Presented as guest lecturer to Professor Paul Morrison's Hitchcock class. April 2015

"Laughing at the Apocalypse: Conflicted Comedy and 90s Queer Cinema." Presented at NEMLA, Harrisburg, PA. April 2014


University Prize Instructorship, 2017-2018

Mellon Dissertation Research Grant, 2017

Outstanding Teaching Fellow, Brandeis University Writing Program, 2015-2016

Classes Taught & Assisted

Literature Between Habit and Addiction (Spring 2018)

University Writing Seminar - Bad Habits in Literature (Spring 2017)

University Writing Seminar - Queer Pulp Fiction (Fall 2015 & Spring 2016)

American Independent Film (Dr. Caren Irr, Fall 2016)

The Films of Hitchcock (Dr. Paul Morrison, Spring 2015)

Hipsters on Trial: Irony in the Digital Age (Dr. Kyle Stevens, Fall 2014)

Favorite Work

"Mrs. Dalloway"