Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

DEPARTMENT OF

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

DEPARTMENT OF

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Dr. Jonathan Allan

ArtsSci'04 in Spanish, M.A.'06 in Spanish

Dr. Allan's journey began at Queen's in 2001 when he decided to major in Spanish. His passion for the language continued during his M.A. studies which he completed by wroting his thesis on Monja Alférez, which was a study of clothing, gender, and performance in Catalina de Erauso’s autobiography. While at Queen's, Dr. Allan was also a recipient of Mildred K. Walters Award.

Dr. Jonathan A. Allan  is currently Canada Research Chair in Queer Theory and Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at Brandon University.  His book, Reading from Behind, a study of the anus, the tukhus, the booty, the moneymaker, the asshole, is forthcoming with University of Regina Press. He is Associate Editor of Journal for Popular Romance Studies and sits on the Editorial Boards of Chasqui: Revista de literatura latinoamericana, Journal of Men’s Studies, and Ivorian Journal of Comparative Studies.

Dr. Allan remembers his time at Queen's as time for many opportunities:

"At Queen’s University, I began my studies of gender, embodiment, and sexuality in a range of classes, all of which, I imagine, have contributed in one fashion or another to how I began to think about these issues. I recently published an article that was based on a paper I wrote in a second-year literature class. Naturally, the paper is far more complex today, but I was lucky enough to have supportive voices encouraging my rather strange readings of canonical fiction. During my undergraduate and graduate studies, I was fortunate enough to travel to Cuba, Mexico, and Ecuador, all of which were remarkable experiences. As much as possible, I’d recommend travel and study-abroad because one can learn a great deal when one escapes the classroom.

The one thing that I continue to tell my students, today, is to take courses you’d never imagine taking — I took a course in Mechanical Engineering. It isn’t because these are “great” courses, but because they give you a chance to think in a different fashion, a different way, and to see what other “disciplines” are doing, thinking, even if at a basic level."