Precarious Wife

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.

Elizabeth Bourne

The Select Correspondence of Elizabeth and Anthony Bourne. 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. Under contract at Routledge.

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.


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