Professor Blake specializes in gender and sexuality studies, food studies, and global modernist literature. Her research focuses on the ways queer pleasure is represented in the literature of the early 20th century, and how those representations come to reshape existing literary forms. Her current book project, "In the Mouth: Modernism and the Queering of Eating," demonstrates that scenes of eating in modernist literature are sites of queerness, depicting and enacting a kind of pleasure that exceeds normative models. She is also interested in the relationship between modernism and popular forms of cultural production, including cookbooks, dinner theatre, genre fiction, and women’s middlebrow fiction.
Her second book project, tentatively entitled "Against the Love Plot," traces the ways mid-20th century women’s fiction resists both normative models of love and normative plotlines that end in marriage.