Jonathan A. Allan, PhD

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Research Interests

  • 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

Biography

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.

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