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Chantal Nadeau



Chantal Nadeau is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Criticism and Interpretative Theory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her scholarship centers on ways that sexuality is bound up with the legal and political imaginary of the postcolonial nation. Author of Fur Nation: From The Beaver to Brigitte Bardot(Routledge 2001), her research on cinema, popular culture, and legal queer cultures has also appeared in journals such as GLQMultitudes, Screen, The Canadian Journal of Communication Studies,andIndiana Journal of Global Legal Studies. She co-edited a special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies: “Queering the Middle: Sexual Diasporas, Race, and a Queer Midwest” (2014). She is currently at work on two book projects: Queer Courage, and Dolan XOr Xavier Dolan Unlimited

Research Interests

My work centers on the ways that desire, sexuality, and perversion are bound up with the legal and political imaginary of the (postcolonial) nation. While my research and academic training is mostly in humanities, my current research is mostly defined by queer public discourses and legal cultures. I have been part of numerous collaborative projects that incorporate law and legal rights over the past fifteen years.


Ph.D, Université de Montréal

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, Gender and Women's Studies
Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

Highlighted Publications

Nadeau, C. (2001). Fur Nation: From the Beaver to Brigitte Bardot. Routledge.

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Recent Publications

Nadeau, C. (2020). Les trouées. Hamac.

Nadeau, C. (2016). Courage, postimmunity politics, and the regulation of the queer subject. Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, 23(2), 505-529.

Nadeau, C. (2015). Civility, Fraternité, and the Frames of Democracy. Occasion, 9.

Manalansan, M. F. (Guest ed.), Nadeau, C. (Guest ed.), Rodriguez, R. T. (Guest ed.), & Somerville, S. B. (Guest ed.) (2014). Queering the Middle. GLQ, 20(1-2).

Manalansan IV, M. F., Nadeau, C., Rodríguez, R. T., & Somerville, S. B. (2014). Queering the Middle: Race, Region, and a Queer Midwest. GLQ, 20(1-2), 1-12.

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