Julie Townsend

Professor, Johnston

Degrees: Ph.D., Comparative Literature, UCLA (2001); B.A., Literature, UCSD (1991)

Office: Johnston Center, Bekins-Holt Hall

Office Hours: By appointment

Phone: 909/748-8616



Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise

  • Comparative Literature
  • French Literature
  • Symbolism
  • Decadence
  • Modernism
  • Critical Theory
  • Cultural Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Aesthetics
  • Dance History and Theory
  • Gender Studies

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • Odd Characters in Literature and Film
  • Revisiting Aesthetics
  • Theorizing the Dancing Body
  • Americans Writing in Paris
  • Multiplicities: An Interdisciplinary Experiment
  • Community and Consensus
  • Scandalous Women in Literature
  • Postmodern Critical Theory
  • Salon!

Degrees Held

  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, UCLA (2001)
  • B.A., Literature, UCSD (1991)

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Departments of Comparative Literature, English, and the Academic Advancement Program, UCLA.
  • Writing Program, USC.

Awards and Grants Received

  • Faculty Research Grant, University of Redlands, 2008
  • Innovative Teaching Award, University of Redlands, 2007
  • Mellon Mentoring Grant, “ArtsBridge Salons at USC,” an innovative, interdisciplinary mentoring program that brings together faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, as well as community artists. 2004-5


"The Choreography of Modernism: La Danseuse, 1830-1930" Research Monographs in French Studies, Legenda Press, publication pending 2009.

“Tenuous Arrangements: The Ethics of Rape in Disgrace.” Co-authored with Kim Middleton, Ph.D. Saving Disgrace, ed. Bill McDonald, Camden Press, publication pending 2009.

“Staking Salomé: the Literary Forefathers and Choreographic Daughters of Wilde’s ‘hysterical and perverted creature.’” Oscar Wilde and Modern Culture: The Making of a Legend, ed. Joseph Bristow, Ohio University Press, 2008.

“Synaesthetics: Symbolism, Dance, and the Failure of Metaphor.” Yale Journal of Criticism, Johns Hopkins Press, volume 17, number 2, April 2005.

“Alchemic Visions and Technological Advances: Sexual Morphology in Loïe Fuller’s Dances.” Dancing Desires: Choreographing Sexualities on and off the Stage, ed. Jane Desmond, University of Wisconsin Press, 2001.

“Staging the Spectator: The Erotics of Performance in Colette’s La Vagabonde and Fuller’s ‘Danse Serpentine.’” Un/Sichtbarkeiten der Differenz Beiträge zur Gender-Debatte in den Künsten, ed. Annette Jael Lehmann, Stauffenburg Verlag Tübingen, Frühjahr 2001.


“Choreographing the Coulisses: Dancer Spectator, Narrator,” TanzKongress, Hamburg, Germany, November 2009.

“Dancer, Spectator, Narrator,” American Comparative Literature Association, Cambridge, MA, March 2009.

“Difficult Journeys Panel” (organizer), American Comparative Literature Association, Long Beach, April 2008.

“Improvisational Aesthetics,” Modernist Studies Association Conference, Long Beach, November 2007.

“Queer Choreography: Modern (Dance) Revisions of Wilde’s Salomé” PAMLA, Pepperdine University, November 2005.

“Staking Salomé: Choreographic Challenges to Wilde’s ‘hysterical and perverted creature’,” Oscar Wilde at 150: A Legend in the Making, Clark Library, Los Angeles, October 2004.

“Fugitive Gestures and Improvised Lives: Performance in Colette’s La Vagabonde,” Modern Language Association Conference, San Diego, 2003.

“Moving Performances: Women’s Autobiography and Modernity” Modern Language Association Conference, San Diego, 2003.

“Choreographing the Coulisses: De-commodifying the dancer in Degas’ Opéra series and Zola’s Nana,” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference, Claremont, 2003.

Organizer and Moderator for “Crossing Disciplinary Borders: Practice, Scholarship, and Pedagogy” at the American Comparative Literature Association, San Marcos, California, April 2003.

“Feministic Aesthetics: Writing Dance and Performing Sex in Colette and Loïe Fuller, ” The American Comparative Literature Association Conference, San Diego, 2003.

“‘Synaesthetics’: Symbolism and the Failure of Interdisciplinary Metaphor,” The American Comparative Literature Association Conference, Puerto Rico, 2002.

“Rechoreographing the Stage: The Erotics of Lighting and Set Design in Loie Fuller’s Performances” at Performance Studies International 2000, Phoenix, Arizona, March 2000.

“Women’s Artistic Identity: Travel, Exile, and History in Germaine de Staël and Felicia Hemans” at the British Women Writers Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 1999.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Comparative Literature Association
  • Modernist Studies Association

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