Jonathan A. Allan
Jonathan A. Allan is Canada Research Chair and Professor in the Department of English, Drama, and Creative Writing at Brandon University. Dr. Allan is an editor for Journal of Bodies, Sexualities, and Masculinities and Vice-President of the American Men’s Studies Association.
During his Canada Research Chair, Dr. Allan is working broadly at the intersection of critical studies of men and masculinities and medical humanities. His current project is Men, Masculinity, and the Procreative Realm, for which he received a SSHRC Insight Grant. One of the first strands of research in this project studied representations of men’s infertility. One of the research outcomes from this project, Men, Masculinities, and Infertility (Routledge), is a book-length study of cultural representations of men’s infertility. Drawing on ideas of storytelling, this book explores how stories of infertility are told across popular fiction, canonical fiction, men’s memoirs of infertility, and film and television. The second strand of this research is a book project called Snip Snap, which will be a cultural study of vasectomy. In this book, Dr. Allan will study representations and discussions of vasectomy across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This project will be interdisciplinary in scope and thus will draw on the medical humanities, health studies, film and popular culture, literary studies, and gender studies.
Dr. Allan is also a co-Investigator on a SSHRC-funded project called “Changing rural masculinities and mental wellness: a Prairie case study.” This project, led by Dr. Rachel Herron, seeks to understand men’s experience of mental wellness and stress in the changing Westman Region. The project will address growing mental health concerns in the Canadian Prairies, where rates of completed suicide are the highest outside of the territorial north and higher among men than women. In general, men are less likely to talk about, and seek support for, their mental health needs than women, and this is particularly the case in rural Canada. Addressing this issue requires a better understanding of how and where men experience stress, how they cope, and how they can express their mental health challenges.
Research and Teaching Areas:
- Critical Studies of Men and Masculinities
- Literary Theory and Criticism (esp. Roland Barthes, Northrop Frye, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick)
- Psychoanalysis (esp. Freudian)
- Affect Theory
- Twentieth-Century Literature (esp. the Novel)
- Latin American Literature and Cultural Production
Research Funding: Canada Research Chairs (2014-2024), Brandon University Research Committee (2014-2016; 2016-2018; 2017-2019, 2019-2021), Romance Writers of America (2015-2016), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2016-2018; 2018-2020; 2019-2023), Research Manitoba (2018-2020).
Books and Edited Collections
Men, Masculinities, and Popular Romance. London: Routledge, 2020.
Reading from Behind: A Cultural Analysis of the Anus. Regina: University of Regina Press, 2016; and, London: Zed Books, 2016. (Japanese translation appeared in 2018)
Virgin Envy: The (In)Significance of the Hymen. Regina: University of Regina Press, 2016; and, London: Zed Books, 2016. (with Cristina Santos and Adriana Spahr)
Inversions of Power and Paradox: Studies of Monstrosity. Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press, 2012. (with Elizabeth Nelson).
- “Rural Eroticism in Marcos Zimmermann’s Desnudos sudamericanos.” Chasqui: Revista de literatura latinoamericana. (Forthcoming)
- “Green Your Groin: Sustainability, Men’s Underwear, and the Wild.” Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion. (Forthcoming)
- “‘The Easy Way Out’: Vasectomy in the Sociopornographic Imagination.” Performing the Penis: Phalluses in 21st Century Cultures. Eds. Meredith Jones and Evelyn Callahan. London: Routledge (Forthcoming)
- “Self-Improvement as Proof of Love in The Bromance Book Club.” The Routledge Companion to Romantic Love. Ed. Ann Brooks. London: Routledge (Forthcoming).
- “Exploring Ageing and Time as Resources in Men’s Mental Health Experiences.” Ageing and Society (co-authored: Kerstin Roger, Rachel V. Herron, Mairo Ahmadu, Jonathan A. Allan, Candice M. Waddell).
- “One Sexy Daddy: Desirable Dad Bods and Popular Romance Novels.” Fashionable Masculinities: Queers, Pimp Daddies, and Lumbersexuals. Eds. Vicki Karaminas, Adam Geczy, and Pamela Church Gibson. (forthcoming)
Select Publications (since 2019)
- “Identifying places that foster mental health and well-being among rural men.” Health & Place 71 (2021). (co-authored: Mairo Ahmadu, Rachel V. Herron, Jonathan A. Allan, Candice M. Waddell)
- “Healing Journeys: Indigenous Men’s Reflections on Resources and Barriers to Mental Wellness.” Social Science and Medicine, 270 (co-authored: Candice M. Waddell, Margaret de Jager, Jason Gobeil, Frank Tacan, Rachel V. Herron, Jonathan A. Allan, Kerstin Roger)
- “Circumcision Debates in Sexology Magazine (1934-1975).” Journal of Men’s Studies 29.3 (2021): 354-372.
- “‘I never wanted my children to see their father the way I’ve seen mine’: Caring masculinities and fathering on the Prairies.” NORMA: International Journal for Masculinities Studies 16.1 (2021): 23-37. (co-authored: Jonathan A. Allan, Rachel V. Herron, Mairo Ahmadu, Candice M. Waddell, and Kerstin Roger)
- “Grounded in Culture: Reflections on Sitting Outside the Circle in Community-Based Research with Indigenous Men.” Qualitative Health Research 30.14 (2020): 2343-2350. (Co-authored: Candice M. Waddell, Rachel V. Herron, Frank Tacan, Jason Gobeil, Margaret de Jager, Jonathan A. Allan, Kerstin Roger)
- “Mourning and Sentimental Heroism in Maureen Child’s Lost in Sensation.” Journal of Popular Culture 53.5 (2020): 1160-1178.
- “‘Talk about it’: Changing Masculinities and Mental Health in Rural Places.” Social Science & Medicine 258 (2020) 1-7. (Co-authored: Rachel Herron, Mairo Ahmadu, Jonathan A. Allan, Candice Waddell, and Kerstin Roger)
- “Gender and Sexuality.” Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction, eds. Jayashree Kamblé, Eric Murphy Selinger, and Hsu-Ming Teo. Routledge, 2020. 428-453.
- “The Foreskin Aesthetic, or Ugliness Reconsidered.” Men and Masculinities 23.3-4 (2020): 558-578.
- “Lady Chatterley’s Green World: A Frygian Reading of Lady Chatterley’s Lover.” Canadian Review of Comparative Literature / Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée 47.2 (2020): 143-157.
- “Queer Theory and Critical Studies of Men and Masculinities.” Routledge International Handbook of Masculinity Studies, eds. L. Gottzén, U. Mellström, T. Shefer. London: Routledge, 2019.
- “The Lost Inches: Circumcision Debates in Gay Men’s Magazines.” Porn Studies 6.4 (2019): 377-390.
- “Are rural Prairie masculinities hegemonic masculinities?” NORMA: International Journal for Masculinities Studies 14.1 (2019): 35-49. (co-authored with Candice M. Waddell, Rachel V. Herron, and Kerstin Roger)
- 30.250: “The Long Novel” (to be taught 2022-2023)
- 30.348: “The Joy of Text: Literature and Sexuality” (to be taught in 2023-2024)
- 30.383: “Between Men: Literature and Masculinities” (Fall 2021)
- 36.261: “Diverse Masculinities” (last taught Fall 2020)