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Aaron Shaheen specializes in American literature of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. His other academic interests include literature of the American South and gender/queer theory. He has published articles in PMLA, The Southern Literary Journal, American Literary Realism, The American Transcendental Quarterly, and The Henry James Review. He is the 2012-13 recipient of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences award for outstanding research and  a current member of the University of Tennessee Press editorial board. His monograph Androgynous Democracy: Modern American Literature and the Dual-Sexed Body Politic (2010) examines the ways in which American modernists used scientific, religious, and racial notions of androgyny to formulate models of national cohesion. At present he is working on a monograph that examines the presence of prosthesis in American literature and culture of the Great War era.

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