Feminst Currents at Frontiers

We at Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies are delighted to introduce our readers to a new interactive column, “Feminist Currents,” by Eileen Boris, Hull Professor and chair of the Women’s Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In the paragraph below Boris poses a question to our readers and all interested feminists, whether they find this column in Frontiers or on any number of postings in cyber space. All are invited to e-mail Frontiers their answers, which Boris will edit by synthesizing and summarizing. Her intent is to cook up a gumbo out of our responses: mixing, seasoning, and throwing in her own ingredients, as she enables us to engage in feminist dialectic.  Boris’s response will appear in our next spring issue along with another question posed by her. We see this exchange as a way to strengthen and enrich our feminist community. Or, in Boris’s words, “‘Feminist Currents’ is a place for feminists to debate pressing and not so pressing (sometimes whimsical but hopefully compelling) issues of the day, to share perspectives and thoughts, develop strategies, and connect scholarship and teaching to social justice.”

A Question:
As I write this question, the fate of health care reform is still up for grabs. We do not know what the final bill will look like or what the outcome will be—or whether getting the people’s business done will trump the misinformation and noise of this summer. What stakes do women have as women in the politics of health care? While scholars have uncovered the workings of gender in the shaping of medical research and delivery, here we want to collect personal experiences and prescriptions for change from feminist perspectives.

You can respond in two different ways. You can give your answer on the Frontiers Facebook page . Or you can email your reflections, from 30 to 300 words, to frontiers@asu.edu no later than September 1, 2011. In your subject line please type “Feminist Currents.” Unless you notify us otherwise in your email, your response signifies that we may paraphrase your thoughts, quote directly from them, and use your name and affiliation.

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Published in: on May 21, 2010 at 11:59 am  Leave a Comment  

CFP: Representing Women’s Medico-Literary Texts

NEASECS CFP, “Representing Women’s Medico-Literary Texts,”

October 21-23, 2010

We are still considering paper proposals for the panel “Representing Women’s Medico-Literary Texts in the Long Eighteenth Century,” which will occur during the annual NEASECS meeting to be held in Buffalo from October 21-23, 2010. If you are interested in submitting a paper proposal, please email a 250 word abstract and a brief CV by May 15.

Danielle Spratt and Angela Monsam

dspratt@fordham.edu and <mailto:amonsam@yahoo.com>amonsam@yahoo.com

“Representing Women’s Medico-Literary Texts in the Long Eighteenth Century”

Over the past several decades, critics have explored how literature and medical texts represented and often objectified women during the long eighteenth century. In addition to examining representations of women, their bodies, and “female” illnesses – both in medical and literary texts — this panel also considers how women responded or “wrote back” to such objectification. We are especially interested in papers that explore the various ways in which women directly adopt, negotiate, or manipulate discourses of medicine, whether about their own bodies or the bodies of others. In so doing, the panel hopes to demonstrate how women writers were able to carve out their own empowered textual space in the increasingly male-dominated medical realm. Possible authors include (but are not limited to) Anne Conway, Margaret Cavendish, Aphra Behn, Mary Wortley Montagu, Joanna Baille, Ann Hunter, Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, and Mary Robinson; potential textual sources include signed and anonymous midwifery and cookery books.

For more information on the conference, please visit:


Danielle Spratt

PhD Candidate

Departmental Teaching Fellow

Fordham University

Dealy Hall 550

441 East Fordham Rd.

Bronx, NY 10458

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