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Larissa Brian

Larissa Brian

Assistant Teaching Professor

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  1. B.A., College of Charleston (2007)
  2. M.A., University of South Carolina (2010)
  3. Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh (2019)

Larissa Brian’s work is devoted to critically reading the rhetorical contours of law.  More specifically, she explores the relation between law and sexuality, with an eye towards the discursive and phenomenological dimensions of sexual consent.  Currently, she is working on a book manuscript derived from her dissertation entitled “Undoing the Scene of Sex: Affirmative Consent and the Limits of Recognition in Law’s Imaginary.”  Drawing upon continental philosophy, rhetorical theory, and feminist/queer analysis, this project troubles over newly promulgated affirmative consent laws that are being implemented on college campuses, revealing how the law’s vision of “yes means yes” turns on its own promise of redress.  She is presently committed to finishing up an article on the politics of pleasure under the rule of Alabama’s Anti-Obscenity Law, which was funded by a research grant from the Organization for Research on Women and Communication.  At the moment, she teaches courses in Public Speaking and Rhetoric but has formerly taught courses in several Women, Gender, and Sexuality departments on Feminist Theory, Sex, Law, and Desire, and the Politics of Sexuality.  Her most recent journal publication appears in Feminist Media Studies.  In her free time, she enjoys running, critiquing the status quo, finding the trendiest coffee spots, and hanging out with her cat Neo.