Michael BiblerMichael  Bibler 

Associate Professor

Phone: (225) 578-2987

E-mail: mbibler@lsu.edu

Office: Allen Hall 210-O



Michael P. Bibler joined LSU in 2013, having previously taught in New Orleans, Virginia, and the United Kingdom. His research and teaching focus on representations of sexuality, race, and gender in 19th and 20th century American literature and culture, particularly the literature and culture of the U.S. South. His monograph Cotton’s Queer Relations (2009) examines the connections between same-sex relationships and social egalitarianism in literature of the southern plantation published in the mid-20th century. His current book project, tentatively entitled Possessive Intimacy: Property, Sexuality, and Southern U.S. Slavery, looks back to the biracial literary archives of the antebellum South to understand how queer forms of desire and eroticism are connected to issues of property and the property relations of both slavery and “traditional” marriage. He is also co-editor of the essay collection Just Below South: Intercultural Performance in the Caribbean and the U.S. South (2007) and of the first-ever reprint of Arna Bontemps’s 1939 novel Drums at Dusk, arguably the first novel about the Haitian Revolution by an African American.

Selected Publications


Cotton’s Queer Relations: Same-Sex Intimacy and the Literature of the Southern Plantation, 1936-1968. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009.

Just Below South: Intercultural Performance in the Caribbean and the U.S. South, co-edited with Jessica Adams and Cécile Accilien. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2007.

Drums at Dusk, by Arna Bontemps, originally published in 1939, with a critical introduction, co-edited and co-written with Jessica Adams. Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 2009.


“How to Love Your Local Homophobe: Southern Hospitality and the Unremarkable Queerness of Truman Capote’s ‘The Thanksgiving Visitor.’” MFS: Modern Fiction Studies 58.2 (2012): 284-307.  *Awarded the Louis D. Rubin, Jr., Prize for best essay published by a member of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature, 2013.

“Queering the Region.” Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the American South. Ed. Sharon Monteith. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013: 188-203.

“Queer Antiracism and the Forgotten Fiction of Murrell Edmunds, a Southern ‘Revolutionary.’” Philological Quarterly 90.2-3 (2011): 287-316.

“The Flood Last Time: ‘Muck’ and the Uses of History in Kara Walker’s ‘Rumination’ on Katrina.” Journal of American Studies 44.3 (2010): 503-518.

“Always the Tragic Jezebel: New Orleans, Katrina, and the Layered Discourses of a Doomed Southern City.” Southern Cultures 14.2 (2008): 6-27.

“Making a Real Phony: Truman Capote’s Queerly Southern Regionalism in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, a Short Novel and Three Stories.” Just Below South: Intercultural Performance in the Caribbean and the U.S. South. Eds. Jessica Adams, Michael P. Bibler and Cécile Accilien. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2007: 211-238.

“‘As If Set Free into Another Land’: Homosexuality, Rebellion and Community in William Styron’s The Confessions of Nat Turner.” Perversion and the Social Relation. Eds. Slavoj Žižek, Molly Anne Rothenberg, and Dennis Foster. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003: 159-186.

“‘A Tenderness Which Was Uncommon’: Homosexuality, Narrative and the Southern Plantation in Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Mississippi Quarterly 55.3 (2002): 381-400.

Courses taught by Dr. Bibler at LSU:

ENGL 4080 Perversity, Identity and Truman Capote
ENGL 4173 Old South Sexualities
ENGL 7971 Topics in Southern Studies: The American Plantation

Curriculum Vitae