Carnegie Mellon University

Feminist Criticism in the 1970s

Jane Gallop, Distinguished Professor of English Emerita at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Jane Gallop has taught feminist theory, queer theory, and literary theory for nearly 50 years, at a half dozen universities in the United States.  She is Distinguished Professor of English Emerita at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she taught from 1990 to 2022.  She is the author of more than 100 articles and 10 books, including Around 1981: Academic Feminist Literary Theory (1992), The Deaths of the Author: Reading and Writing in Time (2011), and Sexuality, Disability, and Aging: Queer Temporalities of the Phallus (2019).  Her most recent publication is the essay "Theory, Place: Exile and Roots" in The Comparatist (2022).

"Feminist Criticism in the 1970s"

Lecture: Feb. 23rd at 4:30pm, Posner Grand Room

Returning to work she did in the 1980s, Gallop takes early academic feminist literary criticism as a case study in politics and criticism. She urges us to return to this criticism long dismissed as theoretically naive and primitive, suggesting we might even want to take it as a model for a wildly successful political criticism. Her lecture will look at a number of different aspects of early feminist criticism, including its relation to "theory," its powerful effect on the canon, and its use of close reading.

Seminar with Jane Gallop

12:00-1:15, February 24, 2023, BH 254Q 

"Crip Theory and Late Onset Disability": this paper discusses the question of aging at the intersection of disability and queer, and returns to the 90s classic texts, Eve Sedgwick's Epistemology of the Closet and Lennard Davis's Enforcing Normalcy.

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