Loyola University Chicago

Writing Program

Jaime Hovey




My current research considers intersectional transmasculinity and its virtuous ideals in contemporary and 20th-century feminist and fantasy literature and film texts concerned with chivalry, violence, and virtuous sacrifice. These texts include works by David Lowery, Jackie Kay, Leslie Feinberg, Kimberly Pierce, Patience Agbabi, Samuel Delaney, George R.R. Martin, Octavia Butler, and Tracy Deonn, as well as earlier twentieth-century middlebrow writers such as Vita Sackville-West and Enid Bagnold. My previous work focused on literary portraiture, psychoanalysis, and queer modernism, as well as on queer strategies of posturing and national belonging in modernist texts by female-born authors including Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf, Radclyffe Hall, Nella Larsen, and queer artists Compton MacKenzie and Cole Porter, among others.

I teach/have taught classes in Composition, Legal Writing, Technical Writing, Queer Theory, Critical Theory, Feminist Theory, Gender Studies, The History of Sex in America, Gender and Zombies, the Arthur Myth and Chivalry, 19th-20th century British literature, and Stephen King.


  • B. A. from Vassar College
  • M.A. from Penn State University
  • J.D. from The University of Illinois College of Law
  • Ph.D. from Rutgers University

Research Interests

  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Queer and Trans Studies
  • Literary and Aesthetic Modernism
  • British Literature
  • Cultural Studies
  • Psychoanalytic Theory and Critical Theory
  • Legal Studies and Law



  • A Thousand Words: Portraiture, Style, and Queer Modernism (Ohio State University Press 2006).

Law Notes:

  • "Nursing Wounds: Why LGBTQ Elders Need Protection from Discrimination and Abuse on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity," The Elder Law Journal 17:2 (2009).


  • “Gallantry and its Discontents: Joan of Arc and Virtuous Masculinity in Radclyffe Hall and Vita Sackville-West,” Feminist Modernist Studies 1:1-2, 113-137 (2018).
  • “Tyrion’s Gallantry,” Critical Quarterly 57:1 (2015), 86-98.
  • Jaime Hovey, Judith Roof & Dennis Allen, "En-Activism," in Gay Shame (David Halperin ed., University of Chicago Press 2008).
  • "Introduction: Queer Change Agents," in Media Queered: Visibility and Its Discontents (Kevin G. Barnhurst, ed., New York, Peter Lang 2007).
  • "Three Lives," in A Companion to Modernist Literature and Culture (David Bradshaw and Kevin Dettmar eds., Blackwell Press 2006).
  • "Why Dykes Like Bond," in The Cultural Politics of Ian Fleming and 007 (Stephen Watt and Edward Comentale eds., Indiana University Press 2005).
  • "Lurid Chivalry in Amy Lowell's Sword Blades and Poppy Seed," in Amy Lowell, American Modern: A Collection of Critical Essays (Adrienne Munich and Melissa Bradshaw eds., Rutgers University Press 2004).
  • "In Rebecca’s Shoes: Lesbian Fetishism in Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca," in Footnotes: On Shoes (Shari Benstock & Suzanne Ferris eds., Rutgers University Press 2001).
  • "Butch Art," Concerns: The Journal of the Women's Caucus of the Modern Language Association, Winter 2000.
  • "'Kissing a Negress in the Dark’: Englishness as a Masquerade in Virginia Woolf’s Orlando," PMLA, May 1997.
  • "Sapphic Primitivism in Gertrude Stein’s Q.E.D.," Modern Fiction Studies 42:3, Fall 1996 (Reprinted in Three Lives and Q.E.D: A Norton Critical Edition (Marianne DeKoven ed., New York, Norton 2005).