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Jennifer Doyle

University of California, Riverside

Jennifer Doyle is a Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside. Her most recent book, Hold It Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art (Duke University Press, 2013) explores the idea of difficulty in art, ideologies of emotion, and how emotion circulates in and around art in flows that are directed by histories both personal and political. Her book Sex Objects: Art and the Dialectics of Desire (University of Minnesota Press, 2006) considers how and where sex “happens” in art – as well as how discourse on sexuality is deployed in criticism. Professor Doyle’s current project (The Athletic Turn) explores the recent and extensive turn toward sports in contemporary art and performance. From 2007-2013, Doyle wrote From A Left Wing, a blog about the cultural politics of soccer. In 2013 she started a new blog, The Sport Spectacle. Her writing on sports has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian,, as well as in Social Text, Cabinet, and World Literature Today.