Gender and Sexuality Studies
Scholars in the English department approach the study of gender and sexuality from the perspectives of history, theory, biography, psychoanalysis, and global politics. We work in periods from the medieval to the contemporary; in genres including poetry, drama, the novel, and film; and in American, British, Irish, and European contexts. Our teaching and research cover a range of topics: medieval women’s writing, premodern sexualities, early modern women’s labor and commodity consumption, life writing, histories of second-wave feminism, the “traffic in women,” housework, feminism and globalization, theories of embodiment, and sexual difference. We are closely associated with the program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and many of our graduate students choose to pursue certificates in this field.