Kimberly Kay Lamm

Kimberly Kay Lamm

Associate Professor in the Program of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies

External address: 
112 East Duke Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90760, Durham, NC 27708-0760
(919) 684-9661


My research fields include contemporary feminist art, contemporary poetry, feminist theory, and 19th- and 20th-century US Literature. I recently completed Addressing the Other Woman: Textual Correspondences in Feminist Art and Writing (Manchester University Press), an interdisciplinary project that brings the work of artists (Adrian Piper, Nancy Spero, and Mary Kelly) and writers (Angela Davis, Valerie Solanas, and Laura Mulvey) together to argue that text and writing are crucial parts of women's art practices from the 1960s and 1970s.

I am currently working on a new book tentatively titled "Inheriting Letters of Exile." This project examines the artwork of Mona Hatoum, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, and Lorna Simpson produced in the 1980s and 1990s in relationship to the work of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and the reading practices she sets forth in "Can the Subaltern Speak?"

I have a long-standing research interest in the relations between contemporary poetry and feminist thought and am developing a book project that analyzes the work of five poets—Barbara Guest, Susan Howe, Ann Lauterbach, Rosemarie Waldrop, and Claudia Rankine—who have contributed substantially to the field of contemporary poetry and women’s place within it. This book, tentatively titled "A Sense of Arrangement" traces how these poets' engagement with the excesses of vision and sound aligns with current feminist scholarship on sound, affect, and sensation.

I am also interested in the place of clothing and fashion in African American cultural production. I recently published essays on the "soundsuits" of contemporary artist and choreographer Nick Cave; the attention to women's clothing in the documentary photography of Gordon Parks; and the "written garments" that appear in the fiction of Jessie Fauset. 

My research is drawn to the styles, objects, and practices that can be identified by through the term "femininity," which has led to my interest in girl cultures and fashion. I am a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program, and have published art criticism in The Brooklyn Rail, curated exhibitions of contemporary art (most notably, "Imaginary Arsenals" for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council) and written catalog essays for a number of contemporary artists.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Washington 2007

Lamm, KK. Addressing the Other Woman: Textual Correspondences in Feminist Art and Writing. Manchester University Press, February 28, 2018. (Monograph)

Lamm, K. "The Poetics of Black Aesthetics." Contemporary Literature 55.1 (2014): 168-181. Full Text

Lamm, KK. "Suspensions of Perception: Attention, Spectacle, and Modern Culture." Cultural Critique 50 (2012): 215-218.

Lamm, KK. "On Barbara Guest." Ed. E Foster. Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics 38, 39, 40 (October 2010): 162-172.

Lamm, KK. "Review of Alice Notley’s In the Pines." Ed. E Foster. Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics 36-37 (2008): 23-27.

Lamm, KK. "Then and Now: Reading the Texts of Race." College Literature 32.4 (2002).

Lamm, KK. "Review of Tim Dean’s Beyond Sexuality." Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. 7.1 (2002): 150-154.

Lamm, KK. "The Question of Race in the American Avant-Garde." Contemporary Literature 50: 831-839.

Lamm, KK. "Gestures of Inclusion, Bodily Damage, and the Hauntings of Exploitation in Global Feminisms (2007)." Feminist Art History Now: Radical Critiques of Theory and Practice. Ed. L Perry and V Horne. England: I.B. Tauris, June 29, 2017. (Essay)

Lamm, KK. "The Midwife’s Clothing: Jessie Fauset In and Out of Fashion (In preparation)." Crossings in Text and Textile. Ed. K Joslin and D Wardrop. Lebanon, NH: University of New Hampshire Press, 2015.

Lamm, KK. "Girly Men Ballads: (Il)legible Identities in Charles Bernstein and Gertrude Stein." The Salt Companion to Charles Bernstein. Ed. W Allegrezza. Salt Publishing, November 2013. 57-84.

Lamm, KK. "Fair Realism: The Aesthetics of Restraint in Barbara Guest’s Collaborations." Collaborations in New York School Poetry: The Color of Vowels. Ed. M Silverberg. Palgrave MacMillan, 2013. 113-140.

Lamm, KK. "Ceci N’est Pas Keith/ Ceci N’est Pas Rosmarie: Writing Another Language for Feminist Poetics." Another Language: Contemporary American Poetic Experiment in a Changing World. Ed. K Freitag and K Vester. LIT Verlag, 2009. 259-269.

Lamm, KK. "Portraits of the Past, Imagined Now: Reading the Work of Lorna Simpson and Carrie Mae Weems." (Un)Making Race, Re-Making Soul: Transformative Aesthetics and the Practice of Freedom. Ed. A Cotton and C Acampora. SUNY Press, 2007.

Lamm, KK. "All Together/Now: Writing the Space of Collectivities in the Poetry of Juliana Spahr." American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics. Wesleyan University Press, 2007. 133-156.

Lamm, KK. "Portraiture." Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography. Ed. L Warren. Routledge, 2006. 1062-1064.

Lamm, KK. "Modernism." Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography. Ed. L Warren. Routledge, 2006. 1288-1292.

Lamm, KK. "Hambone." The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature: O-T. Ed. HA Ostrom and JD Macey. 2005. 699-700. (Essay)


Lamm, K. "The Tender Buttons of Avant-Garde Self-Assertion: Teaching Gertrude Stein's Feminism." Ed. D Mix and L Esdale. (January 1, 2018). (Essay)

Lamm, K. "Texting girls: images, sounds, and words in neoliberal cultures of femininity." Women & Performance: a Journal of Feminist Theory 25.2 (May 4, 2015): 111-127. Full Text

Lamm, KK. "Out of the Garbage, the Collage of Me: Alice Notley's Culture of One." Golden Handcuffs 1.15 (2012). (Review)

Lamm, KK. "Ready-Made Baroness: The Gendered Language of Dadaist Dress." Jacket 2 (July 2011). (Academic Article)

Lamm, KK. "At the Pivot of the Biopolitical: Seeing Sex and Racism in Lorna Simpson’s "You’re Fine."." Ed. K Deepwell. n.paradoxa: International Feminist Art Journal 28 (2011): 88-93. (Academic Article)


Lamm, KK. "Review of Voyages." (November 2001).

Lamm, KK. "Review of "Picasso and the Allure of Language"." The Brooklyn Rail (December 2010). (Review)

Lamm, KK. "Review of "Mickalene Thomas: She’s Come Undone"." The Brooklyn Rail (May 2009). (Review)

Lamm, KK. "Review of "Burning Down the House: Building a Feminist Art Collection"." The Brooklyn Rail (April 2009). (Review)

Lamm, KK. "Review of "Reflecting on the Electric Mirror: New Feminist Video"." The Brooklyn Rail (2009). (Review)

Lamm, KK. "Review of "Whitfield Lovell: Kith and Kin"." The Brooklyn Rail (November 2008). (Review)

Lamm, KK. "Review of "Ghada Amer: Love Has No End"." The Brooklyn Rail (September 2008). (Review)

Lamm, KK. "Like Going Underwater." (2008).