Maurizia Boscagli is professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she’s also affiliated with the Department of Feminist Studies and the Comparative Literature Program. She received her Ph.D. from Brown University. Her research and teaching focuses on 20th and 21st centuries Anglophone literature; European and British modernism; contemporary critical theory and cultural studies; theories of genders and sexualities and queer theory; Marxism and Autonomism; historical and new materialism; the post-human and biopower; literatures of migration; globalization and cosmopolitanism; the environmental humanities.
She is the author of Eye on the Flesh: Fashions of Masculinity in the Early Twentieth Century (1996), and Stuff Theory: Everyday Objects, Radical Materialism (2014). She is the translator of Antonio Negri’s book Insurgencies. Constituent Power and the Modern State (2009). She has recently published essays on aesthetics and politics, the climate crisis and plastic art, the poetics and politics of waste, and changing conceptions of work under neoliberalism.
Boscagli is also the director of COMMA, the Center on Modern Culture, Materialism and Aesthetics in the English department, through which she organizes a year-long reading group on contemporary theory and a lecture series.
- Gender studies and feminist theory
- The body
- Theories of subjectivity
- British and European Modernism
- Fin-de-siecle literature
- Critical and cultural theory
- Theories of mass culture
Articles & Chapters:
- "The Squat, the Urn, the Tearoom, and the Designer Bathroom: Home to Class in Thatcher's England" in Burning Down the House (Westview Press, 1996)
- "Brushing Benjamin Against the Grain." in Revising the Canon (Penn State, 1996)
- "A Moving Story: Masculine Tears and the Humanities of Televised Emotions." Discourse, 1992-3
- "Unaccompanied Ladies" differences, 1990
Currently working on a book-length project entitled "Sentimental Economies: Modernist Affect and the Value of Things."