Research & Interest Groups

2020-2021 schedule and announcements:  (forthcoming)

The Feminist Studies Group discusses historical and contemporary theories, critiques, and manifestations of gender roles in literature and culture. This group aims to address multiple feminisms, with an emphasis on intersections between gender, race, class, and sexuality. In addition to reading and discussing recent feminist criticism, we hope to workshop chapters and articles by graduate students and visiting scholars whose work focuses on women's writing or feminist concerns; to consider what "feminist scholarship" means, or might come to mean, in the academy today; and to strategize about how our academic work might intersect with feminist political activism and cultural change.

Topics of Discussion

Feminism and race, class, and sexuality
Feminism in academia: theory and practice
Feminist activism IRL & online
"Waves" of feminism in criticism and culture
The domestic
Gender and labor
Women and empire
The "feminine"
Feminist/feminine aesthetics and poetics
Gender and the public sphere