Areas of Expertise
Film Theory, Gender Studies, Philosophy, Queer Theory, Autobiography
University of Minnesota 2004 PhD (Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society)
University of Minnesota 1999 MA (Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society)
Bard College 1997 BA (Literature, Gender Studies)
Simon’s Rock College of Bard 1995 AA
Editorial board member of the journal SCREEN BODIES.
Editorial board member of the journal BARTHES STUDIES.
2013 Opacity and the Closet (book) awarded Choice Outstanding Academic Title
Modern Language Association, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Asian Cinema Studies Society
Grants and Contracts Awarded
2017 Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology Grant: National Central University Center for the Study of Sexualities (visiting scholar, sabbatical Fall 2017)
2016 Florida Blue Ethics Fellow
UNF International Faculty Travel Grant (for travel to China, Summer 2011), 2010
Publications & Presentations
2017 Sexography: Sex Work in Documentary. University of Minnesota Press.
2012 Opacity and the Closet: Queer Tactics in Foucault, Barthes, and Warhol. University of Minnesota Press.
Reviewed in Lambda Literary, New Books in Critical Theory, French Studies, H-France Review, Lambda Nordica, and Modern & Contemporary France; awarded Choice Outstanding Academic Title.
2017 â€œFor/Against Homoeroticism: Posing Difficulty for the Habitual Decoders of Desire.â€ Queer Difficulty in Art and Poetry: Rethinking the Sexed Body in Verse and Visual Culture, edited by Christopher Reed and Jongwoo Jeremy Kim, Routledge, pp. 107â€“19.
2017 â€œDrag.â€ Gender: Laughter (Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks), edited by Bettina Papenburg, Macmillan Reference USA, pp. 263â€“78.
2011 â€œMetahorror: Sequels, â€˜The Rules,â€™ and the Metareferential Turn in Contemporary Horror Cinema.â€ The Metareferential Turn: Forms, Functions, Attempts at Explanation, edited by Werner Wolf, Rodopi, pp. 357â€“77.
Refereed Journal Articles:
2016 â€œReadymade Mao: Impersonation and Affective Relationsâ€ (co-authored with Yongan Wu). positions: asia critique, vol. 24, no. 4: 789â€“812.
2016 â€œRebooting Trafficking.â€ Anti-Trafficking Review, no. 7, pp. 161â€“181, http://www.antitraffickingreview.org/index.php/atrjournal/article/view/205.
2015 â€œIncorporating the Medical Gaze in Queer and Transgender Life Writing.â€ The Writing Instructor, â€œQueer and Nowâ€ (special issue), http://parlormultimedia.com/twitest/de-villiers-2015-03.
2015 â€œAfterthoughts on Queer Opacity.â€ InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture, http://ivc.lib.rochester.edu/afterthoughts-on-queer-opacity/.
2013 â€œSpatial and Sexual Disorientation in the Films of Tsai Ming-liang.â€ International Academic Forum Journal of Literature & Librarianship, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 67â€“76. http://issuu.com/iafor/docs/iafor-librasia-journal-volume2-issue1?e=3164860/2513846.
2012 â€œRuPaulâ€™s Drag Race as Meta-Reality Television.â€ Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, no. 54, http://www.ejumpcut.org/archive/jc54.2012/deVilRuPaul/.
2011 â€œQueer Memoir, Queer Space: Samuel R. Delanyâ€™s Times Square Red, Times Square Blue.â€ Transformations, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 96â€“108.
2011 â€œâ€˜Chinese Cheersâ€™: Hou Hsiao-hsien and Transnational Homage.â€ Senses of Cinema, no. 58, http://sensesofcinema.com/2011/feature-articles/â€œchinese-cheersâ€-hou-hsiao-hsien-and-transnational-homage/.
2009 â€œConfessions of a Masked Philosopher: Anonymity and Identification in Foucault and Guibert.â€ Symploke, vol. 16, no. 1â€“2, pp. 75â€“91.
2009 â€œDocumentary and the Anamnesis of Queer Space: The Polymath, or, The Life and Opinions of Samuel R. Delany, Gentleman.â€ Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, no. 51, http://www.ejumpcut.org/archive/jc51.2009/Polymath/index.html.
2008 â€œLeaving the Cinema: Metacinematic Cruising in Tsai Ming-liangâ€™s Goodbye, Dragon Inn.â€ Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, no. 50, http://www.ejumpcut.org/archive/jc50.2008/DragonInn/index.html.
2007 â€œWe Are the World Cinema: Chacun son cinÃ©ma.â€ Senses of Cinema, no. 45, http://www.sensesofcinema.com/2007/feature-articles/chacun-son-cinema/.
2007 â€œGlancing, Cruising, Staring: Queer Ways of Looking.â€ Bright Lights Film Journal, no. 57, http://www.brightlightsfilm.com/57/57queer.php.
2007 â€œHow Much Does it Cost for Cinema to Tell the Truth of Sex? CinÃ©ma vÃ©ritÃ© and sexography.â€ Sexualities, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 341â€“61.
2007 â€œâ€˜The vanguardâ€”and the most articulate audienceâ€™: Queer Camp, Jack Smith and John Watersâ€ (guest article). Forum, no. 4, http://www.forumjournal.org/article/view/577.
2005 â€œUnseen Warhol/Seeing Barthes.â€ Paragraph: A Journal of Modern Critical Theory, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 21â€“35.
2004 â€œThe Retrospective Closet-effect: Jean Cocteau and Roland Barthes.â€ French Studies Bulletin (FSB) vol. 1, no. 93, pp. 14â€“20.
2004 â€œThe Reception of Roland Barthes: The Question of the Closet.â€ FSB vol. 1, no. 92, pp. 17â€“21.
2014 â€œWriting Toward a Book on Proust.â€ Review of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwickâ€™s The Weather in Proust. Cultural Critique, no. 85, pp. 221â€“27.
2012 â€œLove in a Hopeless Place.â€ Review of Lauren Berlantâ€™s Cruel Optimism. Cultural Critique, no. 82, pp. 195â€“202.
2010 Review of David M. Halperinâ€™s What Do Gay Men Want? An Essay on Sex, Risk, and Subjectivity. Sexualities, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 126â€“27.
2007 â€œQueer Archives.â€ Review of Judith Halberstamâ€™s In a Queer Time & Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives. Cultural Critique, no. 66, pp. 179â€“83.
2005 â€œA Great â€˜Pedagogyâ€™ of Nuance: Roland Barthesâ€™s The Neutral.â€ Theory & Event, vol. 8, no. 4, http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/theory_and_event/v008/8.4devilliers.html.
Manuscripts in Preparation:
2017 Sleepy, Cruisy, Melancholy: Sexual and Spatial Disorientation in the Films of Tsai Ming-liang. [book project]
2014 â€œRuvisionary History,â€ DirtyLooksNYC.org in conjunction with Linda Simpsonâ€™s â€œThe Drag Explosionâ€”Expanded!â€ http://dirtylooksnyc.org/ruvisionary-history/.
2012 â€œThatâ€™s the Surprise: Tom Rubnitzâ€™s Sexy, Wiggy, Desserty World.â€ Dirty Looks/Video Data Bank, http://www.vdb.org/sites/default/files/Tom%20Rubnitz%20-%20Dynasty%20Handbag.pdf.
2012 â€œThe Amicable Return of Roland Barthes.â€ University of Minnesota Press Blog, http://www.uminnpressblog.com/2012/07/the-amicable-return-of-roland-barthes.html.
2015 â€œSex Work and CinÃ©ma VÃ©ritÃ©,â€ University of South Florida Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies, Tampa, FL, October 23.
2014 â€œI see language: Gray Sex,â€ The Sexuality of Words symposium and Art=Text=Art: Private Languages/Public Systems exhibition, University of Buffalo, NY, November 8.
2012 â€œQueer Performativity, Excitable Speech, and Collecting,â€ Brog Blegen: Coming Out Party exhibition, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN, December 20.
2012 â€œInternational Perspectives on the Sixth/Urban Generation Filmmakers and Contemporary Chinese Documentary,â€ Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China, May 24.
2014 â€œQueering Domesticity, Rethinking Privacy,â€ American Studies Association, Los Angeles, CA, November 6.
2012 â€œQueer Ephemera, Queer Archivesâ€ (co-chaired with Tom Roach), Cultural Studies Association, University of California, San Diego, March 28â€“April 1.
2016 â€œQTPOC Language, Sex Worker Discourse, and Tangerineâ€™s Reception,â€ American Studies Association, Denver, Colorado, November 17â€“20.
2016 â€œTsai Ming-liangâ€™s Haunted, Rented, Queer Spaces,â€ Signifying Spaces: Theory, Method, Textual Practice, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland, September 26â€“28.
2016 â€œDrag Visibility, Opacity, and the Media Interview: Divine, Holly Woodlawn, Doris Fish, and Leigh Bowery,â€ LGBT/Queer Visibility Matters, London, June 20â€“21.
2016 â€œThe Videomaker and the Rent Boy: Gay-for-pay Confessional in 101 Rent Boys and Broke Straight Boys TV,â€ Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Atlanta, GA, March 30â€“April 3.
2015 â€œMigrant Sex Workers in the Films of Jia Zhangke and Cui Ziâ€™enâ€ (co-authored with Yongan Wu), Gender and Change: Transcending Boundaries, Chinese University of Hong Kong, December 8â€“9.
- â€œOpacity of the Water Closet,â€ The Practice of (in)visibility, University of Brighton, UK, June 25â€“26.
2015 â€œLive Nude Girls, Unite! The Work of Sex Work and Documentary,â€ COST ProsPol Troubling Prostitution: Exploring Intersections of Sex, Intimacy, and Labour Conference, Vienna, Austria, April 16â€“18.
2015 â€œThe Photographic Message of Incidents (2010): Barthes and Orientalism,â€ Barthes at 100, University of Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales, March 30â€“31.
2014 â€œCosmopolitan Auteurs: Tsai Ming-liang, Hou Hsiao-hsien, and Wong Kar-waiâ€™s French Films,â€ 11th Asian Cinema Studies Society International Conference: Post-Asia Film, Media, and Popular Culture, University of Macau, Macau SAR, China, July 14â€“16.
2014 â€œLove Meetings: Pasolini and Foucault,â€ 5th Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa (Ethnography and Qualitative Research) Conference, Bergamo, Italy, June 5â€“7.
2014 â€œIntimately Shared Queer and Sex Worker Histories, Spaces, and Activism,â€ 7th Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium, University of Maryland College Park, April 25.
2014 â€œShifts in Trans* Media,â€ Florida Collegiate Pride Coalition conference, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL, March 29.
2013 â€œDisorder and Excavating the Future from the Pastâ€ (co-authored with Yongan Wu), virtual presentation [video recording] at FilmAsia 2014: Second Asian Conference on Film and Documentary, Osaka, Japan, November 8â€“10; presented live at UNF English Graduate Association conference, November 6, Jacksonville, Florida.
2013 â€œSexography: Sex Work and CinÃ©ma VÃ©ritÃ©,â€ 9th annual International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS) conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 28â€“31.
2013 â€œWriting Toward a Book on/in Proust: Late Roland Barthes and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick,â€ The Renaissance of Roland Barthes, CUNY Grad. Center, April 25â€“26.
2013 â€œThe Habitual Decryptors of Desire: Duane Michals, HervÃ© Guibert, and Michel Foucault,â€ College Art Association, New York City, February 14â€“16.
2012 â€œReadymade Mao: Impersonation and Affective Relationsâ€ (co-authored with Yongan Wu), FilmAsia 2012: The Asian Conference on Film and Documentary, Osaka, Japan, November 2â€“4.
2012 â€œQueer Tactics: Interviews, Mediations, Remediations,â€ Cultural Studies Association, University of California, San Diego, March 28â€“April 1.
2012 â€œMore Life and Opinions of Samuel R. Delany, The Polymath,â€ DC Queer Studies Symposium: Delany at 70, University of Maryland, April 20.
2012 â€œSpatial and Sexual Disorientation in the Films of Tsai Ming-liang,â€ Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities, Osaka, Japan, April 5â€“8.
2012 â€œRuPaulâ€™s Drag Race as Meta-Reality Television,â€ Northeast Modern Language Association, Rochester, NY, March 14â€“18.
2011 â€œEthnographic Documentary and the Cultural Study of Sex Work,â€ Imagining Culture(s), Rethinking Disciplines, University of Miami, April 1â€“2.
2010 â€œEmbody Your Oeuvre: Intellectual Profiles and the Philosophical Documentary,â€ Film and Philosophy: How Films Think, University of Florida, November 5â€“7.
2010 â€œâ€˜Chinese Cheersâ€™: Hou Hsiao-hsien and Transnational Homage,â€ Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities, Osaka, Japan, June 18â€“21.
2009 â€œMetahorror: Sequels, â€˜The Rules,â€™ and the Metareferential Turn in Contemporary Horror Cinema,â€ The Metareferential Turn in Contemporary Arts and Media, University of Graz, Austria, October 1â€“3.
2009 â€œAnnoâ€™s Camera-Eye: Sexuality, Youth, and Inoculation,â€ Society for Cinema and Media Studies international conference, Josai International University, Tokyo, Japan, May 23.
2008 â€œIncorporating the Medical Gaze in Queer and Transgender Life Writing and Video,â€ Performance Studies international conference Interregnum: In Between States, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, August 20â€“24.
2008 â€œIncorporating the Medical Gaze in Queer Life Writing and Video,â€ Battleground States conference â€œThe Body & Culture,â€ Bowling Green State University, February 22â€“23.
2006 â€œFrom the Body-as-fetish to the Lovable Body,â€ 2nd Pictoplasma conference on contemporary character design and art, Berlin, Germany, October 11â€“14.
2006 â€œAndy Warhol Up-Tight,â€ Technologies of Memory in the Arts international conference, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, May 19â€“20.
2006 â€œThe End of the Family Line: Filiation, Affiliation, Betrayal,â€ Making Friendship: Bonds, Boundaries, Becomings conference, New York University, April 6â€“8.
2005 â€œLooking Queer: Glancing, Cruising, Staring,â€ Los Angeles Queer Studies conference, UCLA/USC, ONE Archives, Los Angeles, CA, November 18â€“19.
2005 â€œUnseen Warhol/Seeing Barthes: â€˜gayâ€™ writing and photography,â€ Society for French Studies 46th annual conference, University of Leeds, UK, July 4â€“6.
2005 â€œLeaving the Celluloid Closet,â€ â€œThe Cultural Studies Closetâ€ panel, Northeast Modern Language Association convention, Cambridge, MA, March 31â€“April 2.
2005 â€œHow Much Does it Cost for Cinema to Tell the Truth of Sex?â€ Capturing the Truth? Changing Strategies in Documentary, Humboldt University Berlin, February 8â€“11.
2004 â€œThe Inscription of Michel Foucault,â€ Life Writing panel â€œWhy Ethics? Why Now?â€ Modern Language Association convention, Philadelphia, PA, December 27â€“30.