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Brian Holcomb

Assistant Professor of English

Professor Brian Holcomb

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I am a native of North Carolina, having grown up in Shelby and Charlotte. I moved to Michigan for graduate school, and wound up staying for 15 years. I am thrilled to be back in the south near family and friends.

I am an avid baker and gardener, and can usually be found at my home in Landrum, SC doing some sort of DIY project.

My plan as an undergraduate was to be a museum curator (it never happened), or to be in theater (mostly never happened, although I did have a non-speaking role in an episode of "Matlock." Really.) Now I read a lot of 20th century British fiction and drama and watch science fiction films.

Professional Accomplishments

My graduate degrees are in English, focusing on British and American Modernism. My research interests include narrative theory and gender studies. My dissertation focused on wit as a queer narrative mechanism in the works of Oscar Wilde, PG Wodehouse, Anita Loos, and Dorothy Parker. I have recently become interested in Chinese Modernism, and have begun some research into the works of Lu Xun and Zhang Ailing.

Publications include essays on the Documentary Theater of Anna Deveare Smith and Moises Kaufman, Tim Burton's screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical "Sweeney Todd," the domestic queerness of PG Wodehouse's Bertie and Jeeves, and a forthcoming essay on the Association of College and Research Libraries' Frameworks for Information Literacy and their application to first-year writing.


  • BA, Art History and Government: College of William & Mary (1991)
  • MA, English: UNC-Charlotte (2000)
  • PhD, English: Michigan State University (2010)