Anna Ioanes

About Anna Ioanes

My research focuses on emotion in contemporary American literature and culture. I'm interested in how authors and artists represent emotions like disgust, shock, and shame, but I'm equally concerned with how they provoke such powerful feelings in audiences. I argue that violence functions as a meeting point between emotion inside and outside a work, and I'm particularly interested in depictions of violence that refuse to offer social commentary, ethical payoff, or cathartic release. My interest in the emotional effects of represented violence extends to the trigger warning debate, which, as I see it, revolves around the status of pain in the experience of reading. I hold a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and have taught courses on contemporary American fiction, Gender and Sexuality Studies, The Avant-garde, and Queer Literary Studies.

Applications Open for 2017-2018 Brittain Fellowship

  The Writing and Communication Program is now accepting applications for new Brittain Fellows. The job ad has been posted at Vitae, and appears below. To apply, please consult the job ad below and submit applications by February 1, 2017. The Writing and Communication Program in Georgia Tech’s School of… Continue reading

Meditations in an Emergency: Teaching After Trump

The outcome of the 2016 presidential election has thrown a number of institutions into crisis––or at least deep soul-searching: the news media, the Electoral College, the Democratic Party, libraries, humanities departments, and the university more broadly. The first-year composition classroom, in particular, faces newly urgent pedagogical challenges in the wake… Continue reading

Talking as Artists: Oral Communication in the Gallery Space

In July 2015, The Chronicle of Higher Education ran an article entitled “Final Exams or Epic Finales.” In it, Anthony Crider, an associate professor of Physics at Elon University, describes how and why he ends his courses not with exams, but with “epic finales.” These epic finales can take many… Continue reading

“There is No Delight and No Mathematics”: Teaching the Multimodal Avant-garde

Before coming to Georgia Tech, my approach to teaching writing and communication through fictional work could be summed up like this: students will learn how to analyze novels and short stories and then write arguments explaining their analysis. They will support those arguments by close reading passages and quoting academic… Continue reading