Shakespeare, Milton, ecocriticism, architecture and nature in literature
dance, France, French literature and history, American architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright
Pedagogy. American Literature. Poetry. Film. Architecture. Criticism and Theory.
Contemporary literature. Ethics. Architecture and literature. Literary landscapes. Urbanism. Cosmopolitanism. Literature and community.
Sixteenth-century French literature, visual culture, emblematics, architectural history, spatial theory, domesticity, French cinema.
Contemporary Catalan and Spanish Culture
Theories of Architecture
Post-Marxism and Deconstruction
I am the editor of The Wallace Stevens Journal and very active in international Stevens scholarship. My other main research field is LGBT/Queer Studies, especially where it involves collaboration between disciplines and/or between academics and activists (nationally within Belgium as well as internationally within Europe and beyond). I have also a history in collaborative interdisciplinary urban studies, with a special focus on New York City and on the relations between literature and architecture.
Nineteenth-century travel narratives and the formation of empire; identity and global, colonial politics; visual culture, particularly representations of the self and the foreign; nineteenth-century Jewish life and migrations; the development of literature for children; architecture and material culture; Victorian domestic life.
My research interests include medieval and nineteenth-century French literature and cultural studies, the reception of medieval art, architecture, and literature in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Europe and America, early photojournalism, celebrity interviews, European and American writer house museums, naturalism, decadence, mysticism, cabaret culture, nineteenth-century French theater, the collection and study of Asian art in nineteenth-century France, and global food politics and sustainability studies. I teach a variety of courses from Beginning French I to advanced French language, literature, and culture courses with particular emphasis on the medieval period and the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I currently serve as Book Review Coeditor for the journal Nineteenth-Century French Studies and as a board member of the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association.
Zahid R. Chaudhary specializes in postcolonial studies, visual culture, and critical theory. His first book, Afterimage of Empire: Photography in Nineteenth-Century India, provides a historical and philosophical account of early photography in India, analyzing how aesthetic experiments in colonial photographic practice shed light on the changing nature of perception and notions of truth, memory, and embodiment. His current book project, Impunity: Notes on a Global Tendency, analyzes juridical, economic, political, and aesthetic aspects of the practices of impunity from the Cold War to the present, from postcolonial states to the United States. The book considers documentary film, contemporary art, development projects, and architecture. He has also published articles in differences, Cultural Critique, boundary 2, South Asia, and Camera Obscura.