VIRGINIA L. BLUM
Flesh Wounds: The Culture of Cosmetic Surgery. Berkeley: U of
California P, 2003. (paperback 2005)
rev. by Los Angeles Times, New Statesman, Ms. Magazine, The
Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, Ottawa Citizen, Publisher’s
Weekly, Library Journal, Times Literary Supplement, The New
Republic, Journal of the American Medical Association, Archives
of Dermatology, American Quarterly, Gender and Society,
Feminism and Psychology, Journal of American Culture,
Western Folklore, Salmagundi, Metapsychology
Flesh Wounds translated into Chinese, 2007.
Hide and Seek: The Child between Psychoanalysis and Fiction.
Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1995.
“Psycho-Topologies: Closing the circuit between psychic and material
space.” With Anna Secor. Forthcoming, Environment and
Planning D: Society and Space.
“Love Your Neighbor, Hate Yourself,” rpt. For Bedford St. Martin‟s
Response to Bruce Burgett‟s “Panic Sex.” American
Literary History, 21 (1), Spring 2009, 67-86.
“The Patient‟s Body.” Rpt. From Flesh Wounds for Reconfiguring
American Studies: A New Anthology. Ed. Janice Radway, Barry
Shank, Kevin Gaines, and Penny von Eschen. Oxford:
Blackwell, February 2009.
“Objects of Love: I Want a Famous Face and the Illusions of Star
Culture.” Configurations. 15.1 Dec. 2008
“Love Your Neighbor, Hate Yourself: The Vicissitudes of Affect in
Cosmetic Surgery.” In Bodies in the Making, ed. Nancy Chen
and Helene Moglen, New Pacific Press, Spring 2006; 47-53. “Becoming the Other Woman: The Psychic Drama of Cosmetic
Surgery.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies,volume 26 (2)
November 2005, 104-131.
“Love Studies; Or, Liberating Love.” American Literary
History 17 (2005): 335-338.
"The Liberation of Intimacy: Consumer Object Relations and
Heteropatriarchy." Introduction to "Queer Racisms, Queer
Patriarchies, International” for Antipode: A Critical Journal of
Geography, volume 34(5) November 2002: 845-863. “Return to Repression: Filming the Nineteenth Century.” Jane Austen
and Company. Ed. Suzanne Pucci and James Thompson. Stony
Brook, NY: SUNY Press, 2002.
“Straight Talk from Heinz Kohut: The De-erotization of the
Homosexual Subject.” In Sexualities Lost and Found: Lesbians,
Psychoanalysis and Culture. Ed. Edith Gould and Sandra
Kiersky. International Universities
“Jacques Lacan‟s Two-dimensional Subjectivity.” With Heidi Nast.
Thinking Space. Ed. Michael Crang and Nigel Thrift. London:
“Train Rides and Other Oedipal Stories.” Places Through the Body.
Ed. Heidi Nast and Steve Pile. London: Routledge, 1998.
"Where's the Difference?: The Heterosexualization of Alterity in
HenriLefebvre and Jacques Lacan.” With Heidi Nast.
Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 14 (1996): 559-
“Mary Wilkins Freeman and the Taste of Necessity.” American
Literature 65 (1993): 69-94.
“The Go-Between Child: Supplementing the Lack.” In Compromise
Formations: Current Directions in Psychoanalytic Criticism. Ed.
Vera J. Camden. Kent, Ohio: Kent State UP, 1989. “Edith Wharton's Erotic Other-World.” Literature and Psychology 33
Papers, Panels and Presentations
“Space and the Origin of Trauma.” With Anna Secor. American
Association of Geographers, Seattle, WA, April, 2011. Organizer, panel on “Psychoanalysis and Space” for the Annual
Meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association in
Washington, D.C. June 2010.
“Psychoanalysis and Geography.” With Anna Secor. Annual Meeting
of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Washington, D.C.
“Cosmetic Surgery and Star Culture.” Invited lecture for “The Body
and the Psyche” series for the Association for Psychoanalytic
Thought, Cincinnati, OH, March 26, 2010.
“Topography to Topology: From Freud to Lacan.” With Anna Secor.
MLA, Philadelphia, Dec. 2009. (Part of panel I organized on
Psychoanalysis and Geography for the MLA Division on
Psychological Approaches to Literature.)
“The Politics of Intimacy in the L-Word.” A.S.A.P. Invited Talk.
Knoxville, TN, Oct. 22-24, 2009.
“Milly Theale‟s Body.” Invited talk for panel on Henry James.
Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900.
“Movie-Star Comedies of Remarriage.” British Association of American
Studies. Edinburgh, Scotland. March 2008.
Invited Response to Bruce Burgett‟s “Panic Sex” for American Literary
History symposium, University of Illinois, Champaign, Sept. 17-
“Getting the Drive Right.” With Heidi Nast. Invited paper for
American Association of Geographers Annual Convention, San
Francisco, March 2007
“Alternative Emotional Communities: Female Community in Sex and
the City and The L-Word.” Invited talk, UMKC, March 27, 2006.
“The Emotional Life of Beauty.” Keynote address for Women‟s Week,
University of Utah, March 9, 2006
“Political Intimacies: The Marriage Controversy in a Post-Liberation
Society.” Invited talk for symposium on Political Feeling,
Vanderbilt University, Feb. 24, 2006.
“Love Your Neighbor, Hate Yourself: The Vicissitudes of Affect in
Cosmetic Surgery.”Invited lecture. “Bodies in the Making:
Intergenerational Politics of Bodily Transformation.” Institute of
Advanced Feminist Research. UC Santa Cruz, Oct. 14-15, 2005. “The Double-Binds of Marriage in Post-Liberation Society,” International
Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture, and Society, San
Francisco, June, 2005.
“Modern Frankensteins: Plastic Surgeons and the „Reality‟ of Surgery.”
Invited lecture. Athens-Clarke County Library Frankenstein
series. Athens, Georgia. May 22, 2005.
“Extreme Everyday: Normalizing Cosmetic Surgery.” Invited lecture.
Morehead State University Fall Speaker Series. Sept. 29, 2004.
“Cosmetic Surgery and Visual Identities.” Invited lecture. Media
Revolution. Working Group Series, School of Communication.
Northwestern University.February 2004.
“Destructive Intimacies: Melanie Klein and Consumer Object
Relations.”2003 MLA panel, “Reconsidering Melanie Klein.”
Colonizing the American Body.” Invited lecture. School of Architecture
Seminar Series, University of Kentucky, November 17, 2003. “Dressing Up Sex and the City. Narrative Conference. Michigan State
University, April, 2002.
Review of Social Values and Poetic Acts by Jerome McGann. ANQ 4
Review of Domestic Novelists of the Old South by Elizabeth Moss.
ANQ 7: 3 (July 1994): 185-187.
Review of Macaria and Beulah by Augusta J. Evans.
ANQ 7: 2 (April 1994): 104-106.
Review of Psyche and Text: The Sublime and the Grandiose in
Literature, Psychopathology and Culture, by Henry Sussman. The
Review essay of The Uncollected Stories of Mary Wilkins Freeman, ed.
Mary R. Reichardt and A Web of Relationship by Mary R.
Reichardt. American Literature 67 (1995): 394.
Review of The Masque of Femininity, by Efrat Tseelon. L’Esprit
Créateur 37: 1 (Spring 1997): 113-114.
Review of On Fashion, eds. Shari Benstock and Suzanne Ferris.
L’Esprit Créateur37: 1(Spring 1997): 111-112.
Review of Creating Beauty to Cure the Soul: Race and Psychology in the
Shaping of Aesthetic Surgery, by Sander L. Gilman. Journal for
the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society 5: 1 (Spring 2000):
Review essay of Venus Envy: A History of Cosmetic Surgery, by
Elizabeth Haiken and Fat History: Bodies and Beauty in the
Modern West, by Peter N. Stearns. American Historical Review
104: 4 (1999): 1325.
Review of Silicone Survivors: Women’s Experiences with Breast
Implants, by Susan Zimmerman. Journal of Health Politics,
Policy and Law 25: 5 (October 2000): 92-994.