Precarious Wife: Narratives of Marital Instability in Medieval and Early Modern Literature intervenes in the propagation of the binary of privilege and marginalization inherent in discussions of the institutional identity of wife. Drawing on Judith Butler’s work on vulnerability, this dissertation questions the normative trajectory of daughter, wife, widow for medieval and early modern women that excludes people with alternate narratives or identities. By attending to the vulnerability of wives and uncovering the permeability of conjugal relationships, this dissertation refutes the notion that “wife” was a stable and knowable category sufficient to define women by showing that it was partial, at best, and ideologically inscribed, at worst.
The Correspondence of Elizabeth and Anthony Bourne, with Mistress Bourne’s Complaint to the Privy Council. This collection, co-edited with Cristina Alfar, consists of a series of letters and legal documents regarding the marriage of Elizabeth and Anthony Bourne; and includes letters by Elizabeth Bourne, Anthony Bourne and Sir John Conway, a family friend and adviser. In Mistress Bourne’s complaint to the Privy Council (1582), she requests a divorce from her husband. For an example of the documents and to view some transcriptions-in-progress, see my Elizabeth Bourne CommentPress site.
FemTechNet Distributed Open Collaborative Course
One of the courses I am working on as a Senior Instructional Technology Fellow is part of the FemTechNet Distributed Open Collaborative Course (DOOC). Imagining Gender: Exploring Narratives of Technology is a mixture of online and in person discussions and events that center around issues of gender and technology in literature. Beyond designing and building the course website, I have created tutorials and developed several assignments that engage with different aspects of social media and technology.
A Map Project
Created for the last iteration of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s “How to Do Things with Words and Other Materials” course during Spring 2008 at The Graduate Center, CUNY, this map project is the result of a survey of 56 people. Initially, the project was an attempt to graph where people lived over the course of their lives and why they moved from location to location broadly defined by eight categories: family (child), education, relationship, family (adult), wanderlust, work, work/live, work/dream. During the initial survey, people offered stories about why they moved or what they remembered about the place, even though that wasn’t part of the request. After the map was created, a second request was sent for stories. These stories are the result of the second request. Each story is grounded in a place; the images are of the nail on the map that represents the place.
An initiative at The Graduate Center, CUNY sponsored by The Ford Foundation, “JustPublics@365 brings together media practitioners, academics, community leaders, policy advocates and digital activists to inspire informed public debate on issues of inequality and social justice.” For more information including upcoming events, please check out JustPublics@365, or follow us Twitter @justpublics365.
Macaulay ITFs at Baruch
The Macaulay ITFs at Baruch site houses tutorials and useful information for Macaulay Honors College students at Baruch. During my second year as an Instructional Technology fellow at Baruch, I conceived of and created this site as a resource for new and continuing ITFs and our students. The site allows us to pool our materials and tutorials; this is especially important for new Fellows who often face a steep learning curve. It also allows students one place access contact and office hours information, notices on events, and resources for assignments. The site continues to be populated and run by the current ITF cohort at Baruch.