Jonathan A. Allan, PhD
- Critical studies of Men and Masculinities, especially men's bodies, sexualities, and reproductive health
- Archival research, Archives and ethics, Grey Materials
- Popular Romance Studies, especially the popular romance novel
Dr. Allan is a Canada Research Chair and Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and English and Creative Writing at Brandon University. He is the author of Reading from Behind: A Cultural Analysis of the Anus (University of Regina Press, 2016; Zed Books, 2016; Japanese translation, Ohta-Shuppan, 2018) and one of the editors of Virgin Envy: The Cultural (In)Significance of the Hymen (University of Regina Press, 2016; Zed Books, 2016).
His current research project is a book-length study of the foreskin/prepuce called, Uncut: A Cultural Analysis of the Foreskin (under contract, University of Regina Press). In this project, Dr. Allan explores the “circumcision controversy” by asking that we focus not on the procedure itself, but on the thing that is removed, namely, the foreskin. This project has relied on a range of materials from cultural studies to scientific studies, as well as significant amount of grey materials. While the book has been written, Dr. Allan continues to research in this area and has published articles on the foreskin in Men and Masculinities and Porn Studies and chapters in books, including a medical textbook.
Dr. Allan is Series Editor of The Exquisite Corpse Series at University of Regina Press. He is one of the editors of Journal of Bodies, Sexualities, and Masculinities, and Associate Editor of Journal of Popular Romance Studies.
Recent Citations for Jonathan A. Allan, PhD
- #NoHomo: men's friendships, or 'something else'
- Anatomies of influence, anxieties of criticism : Northrup Frye & Harold Bloom
- Circumcision debates in Sexology magazine (1934-1975)
- Circumcision scars and aesthetic concerns
- Comparative literature and the adjunct
- Falling in love with Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
- Femininity and effeminophobia in Manuel Puig's Kiss of the spider woman
- The first great theoretician? Northrop Frye and literary theory
- The foreskin aesthetic or ugliness reconsidered
- Giving birth and delivering the reader in Luisa Valenzuela's Cola de lagartija
- Grow a pair! Critically analyzing masculinity and the testicles
- Is the foreskin a grave?
- Isn't that enough? On Love in the Twilight saga
- The lost inches: circumcision debates in gay men's magazines
- Masculinity as cruel optimism
- Men, masculinities, and popular romance
- No future for boys?
- Offending readers and monstrous texts: theorising monstrosity and narrative
- Phallic affect, or Why men's rights activists have feelings
- The politics of virginity and abstinence in the Twilight saga
- The purity of his maleness : masculinity in popular romance novels
- Queer theory and critical studies of men and msculinities
- Reading from behind: a cultural analysis of the anus
- Reading from behind: anal eroticism in Delmira Agustini's El Intruso
- Reading the Regis roundtable: an outsider's perspective
- Regis roundtable: after A natural history of the romance novel (introduction)
- [Review of] Dyhouse, Carol. Hearthrobs: a history of women and desire. pp. xv, 262. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. US $27.95 (hardcover). ISBN: 9780198765837
- [Review of] Frye, Northrup. Northrup Frye's notebooks on romance. Ed. Michael Dolzani. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2004. Vol. 15 of Collected works of Northrup Frye. Alvin A. Lee, gen. ed. 27 vols to date. 1996-. 560 pp. $106.00
- Sex in hotels
- 'The first rip off': anti-circumcision activism in men's magazines
- Theorizing male virginity in popular romance novels
- Visiting theory: the Northrup Frye Visiting Professorship at the University of Toronto
- When two become one: sexuality studies and critical studies of men and masculinities
- Theorising the monstrous and the virginal in popular romance novels
- Are rural prairie masculinities hegemonic masculinities?