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April 12, 2013

The Green Breast of the New World

Author:  Louise Westling

In searching American literary landscapes for what they can reveal about our attitudes toward nature and gender, The Green Breast of the New World considers symbolic landscapes in twentieth-century American fiction, the characters who inhabit those landscapes, and the gendered traditions that can influence the figuration of both of these fictional elements.

June 18, 2012

Gender and the Poetics of Excess

Author:  Karen J. Ford
Karen Jackson Ford’s Gender and the Poetics of Excess explores the extravagant writing styles of American women poets who simultaneously parody the stereotype of the gabby female and demand a place for their words in a literary tradition that is inhospitable to women writers.

June 7, 2012

Race, Manhood, and Modernism in America

Author:  Mark Whalan.

This book offers the first extended comparison between American writers Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941) and Jean Toomer (1894-1967), and their development of unique visions of how race, gender, and region would be transformed as America entered an age of mass consumerism and rural decline.

Unruly Girls Unrepentant Mothers

Author:  Kathleen Rowe Karlyn
Unruly Girls, Unrepentant Mothers, a companion to Karlyn’s The Unruly Woman (1995), studies how popular culture and contemporary feminism inform each other.   It asks whether today’s seemingly materialistic and apolitical girls have turned their backs on the feminism of their mothers or are redefining unruliness for a new age.


April 23, 2012

Barbarous Play

Author:  Lara Bovilsky

In Barbarous Play, Lara Bovilsky examines English Renaissance understandings of race as depicted in drama revealing deep parallels between the period’s conceptions of race and gender.

The Unruly Woman

Author:  Kathleen Rowe Karlyn
In her book The Unruly Woman, Kathleen Karlyn explores how the unruly woman, often a voluptuous, noisy joke-making rebel or “woman on top”, uses humor and excess to undermine patriarchal norms and authority.

April 17, 2012

The Dance of Politics

Author:  Lisa Gilman

Lisa Gilman’s The Dance of Politics: Gender, Performance, and Democratization in Malawiexamines the “praise performing” women as a political tool in present-day Malawi.

February 8, 2012

Faculty News

The English Department is pleased to welcome two new colleagues this coming academic year.  A citizen of the Cherokee Nation and a specialist in Native American Literatures, Assistant Professor Kirby Brown earned his Ph.D. in the Department of English and the Indigenous Studies Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin, having won a prestigious Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. He has published essays engaging contemporary Indigenous critical theory, constitutional criticism in Native literatures, and Native interventions in the Western. A specialist in Television Studies and Queer Theory, Assistant Professor Quinn Miller received his Ph.D. in Screen Cultures from Northwestern’s Radio, Television, and Film department in 2010.  This past year, he has served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Media Culture in Northwestern University in Qatar’s School of Communication.  He has also taught courses in Gender and Queer Studies at Hampshire College and Mount Holyoke College.  He is currently at work on the book Camp TV: Commercial Counterpublics and the Cultural Production of Queer Gender. We are delighted to welcome Kirby and Quinn to the faculty!

February 2, 2012

Warrior Women and Popular Balladry, 1650-1850

Author:  Dianne Dugaw

Dianne Dugaw’s book Warrior Women and Popular Balladry, 1650-1850, published by The University of Chicago Press, 1989, surveys a wide range of Anglo-American texts and demonstrates how gender and sexuality are enacted as constructs of history.