Letters

Letters Archive
Fall 2002, Vol. 11, No. 1 (requires Adobe Acrobat)

2002/2003 Fellows

BROOKE ACKERLY, assistant professor of political science, specializes in democratic theory, cross-cultural human rights theory, feminist theory, and social criticism. She is the author of Political Theory and Feminist Social Criticism [Cambridge UP, 2000], as well as several articles on women’s rights and empowerment, and democratic institutions. She is currently working on a theory of cross-cultural universal human rights that is respectful of differences both across and within cultures, focusing on the cultural politics of Singapore, China, and Muslim countries.

KATHERINE B. CRAWFORD, assistant professor of history, studies early modern European history. She has written on gender and politics in early modern France with respect to regencies for child kings. Her current project, tentatively titled “The Sexual Culture of the French Renaissance,” investigates the meanings attached to erotic practices during this era and the ways in which the boundaries and definitions of acceptable sexual expression, the sites of repression, and the relationship between sex and society, are under constant negotiation.

CAROLYN DEVER, associate professor of English, is Spence and Rebecca Webb Wilson Fellow and co-director of the Fellows Program. She specializes in feminist theory, queer theory, and Victorian literature. She is the author of Death and the Mother From Dickens to Freud: Victorian Fiction and the Anxiety of Origins [Cambridge UP, 1998] and is co-editor, with Margaret Cohen, of The Literary Channel: The Inter-National Invention of the Novel [Princeton UP, 2001]. She recently completed a manuscript entitled Feminism, In Theory: The Practice of Abstraction (forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press in 2003), which reconsiders academic feminist theory in conjunction with activist feminist theories from the period of the women’s liberation movement.

LISA DUGGAN, associate professor of American studies and history at New York University, is William S. Vaughan Visiting Fellow and Visiting Associate Professor of History. Professor Duggan has published extensively on gay and lesbian history, with an emphasis on cultural politics in the twentieth century. She is the author of Sapphic Slashers: Sex, Violence and American Modernity [Duke UP, 2000]; Our Monica, Ourselves: The Clinton Affair and National Interest, co-edited with Lauren Berlant, [NYU Press, 2001]; Sex Wars: Sexual Dissent and Political Culture, co-authored with Nan D. Hunter, [Routledge Press, 1995] and The Incredible Shrinking Public: Sexual Politics and the Decline of Democracy [forthcoming from Beacon Press, 2002]. Her current project, entitled “One Nation? Jesse Helms and the Politics of Americanism,” assesses the legacy of Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina, analyzing his imprint on U.S. political culture in the post World War II era as a means of understanding intertwined contests of race, gender and family relations, sexual morality, religion, foreign policy, and global political and economic institutions.

LYNN ENTERLINE, professor of English, is a comparatist trained in the English, Italian, Latin, and Greek literary traditions. Her research and teaching interests address sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English dramatic and non-dramatic literature as understood in relation to continental influences and classical antecedents. She is the author of The Rhetoric of the Body from Ovid to Shakespeare [Cambridge UP, 2000] and The Tears of Narcissus: Melancholia and Masculinity in Early Modern Writing [Stanford UP, 1995]. Her work is informed by her interests in feminist, psychoanalytic, and queer theory; her current book project “Imitating Schoolboys: an Essay in Shakespeare’s Emotions,” focuses on the discursive and material practices of the Elizabethan grammar school, examining how rhetorical negotiations in early modern texts reveal an intense and unresolved transpersonal struggle over the meaning and social value of different bodies and desires.

JOSÉ MEDINA, assistant professor of philosophy, studies the philosophy of language and the philosophy of mind. He is the author of The Unity of Wittgenstein’s Philosophy: Necessity, Intelligibility, and Normativity [SUNY Press, 2002] and the co-editor (with David Wood) of Truth: A Reader (forthcoming from Blackwell in 2003). He is currently at work on a book project with the working title “Subversive Identities and Discursive Practices,” which draws upon the philosophical views of Foucault and Wittgenstein, and examines the sense in which sexuality and ethnicity are normative categories and how their normativity is produced, maintained, and transformed through discursive practices.

DIANE PERPICH, is assistant professor of philosophy and the author of numerous articles and book chapters on Emmanuel Levinas, as well as the co-editor (with B. Bergo) of a book-length collection entitled Levinas’s Contribution to Contemporary Philosophy [New School for Social Research, 1998]. Her current research concerns recent debates over the foundations of moral theory and related conceptions of subjectivity and agency. Her project takes up the feminist claim that sexual difference is not incidental but central to a fully elaborated conception of embodied subjectivity, and explores the ways in which this consideration of “sexed subjectivity” has implications for traditional problems in ethics and political philosophy.

KATHRYN SCHWARZ, associate professor of English, studies early modern representations of femininity. She is the author of Tough Love: Amazon Encounters in the English Renaissance [Duke UP, 2000], which situates Amazonian narratives in Elizabethan and Jacobean literature within the workings of social theory as a shaping and defining force with respect to sexuality and gender roles. Her current book project, tentatively titled “Femininity and Intention in Early Modern England,” considers the problematic nature of conventions that govern feminine behavior as presented in works by Donne, Shakespeare, Wroth, Cavendish, and Milton and investigates the ways in which these conventions complicate terms of power.

JOHN M. SLOOP, associate professor of communication studies, is Jacque Voegeli Fellow and co-director of the Fellows Program. He specializes in rhetorical theory and cultural studies and has published extensively on these subjects. He is co-author of Shifting Borders: Rhetoric, Immigration, and California’s “Proposition 187,” with Kent A. Ono, [Temple UP, 2002]. He is also the author of The Cultural Prison: Discourse, Prisoners, and Punishment [University of Alabama Press, 1996], and co-editor (with Thom Swiss and Andrew Herman) of Mapping the Beat: Popular Music and Contemporary Theory [Basil-Blackwell, 1998], and Judgment Calls, with James McDaniel, [Westview Press, 1998]. His current project, entitled “Disciplining Ambiguity: Rhetorics of Gender Trouble,” focuses on contemporary case studies of trans-genderism, sexual identity, and other issues discussed in the mass media.

HOLLY TUCKER is assistant professor of French and the author of Pregnant Fictions: Tales of Childbirth in Early-Modern France [forthcoming from Wayne State UP], which considers how narratives of pregnancy and childbirth were used by male and female authors alike to resituate the gendered boundaries between scientific “facts” and marvelous lay fictions. She is also co-editor (with Virginia M. Scott) of SLA and the Literature Classroom: Fostering Dialogues [Heinle and Heinle, 2001]. Her current area of research concerns the implications of the recently invented microscope for early-modern notions of sex and gender.

Letters Archive Index

For more information, contact the Center's executive director, Mona C. Frederick.


[ RPW Center for the Humanities | About the Center | Visiting Fellowship Information | Howard Lecture Series | Seminars and Programs | Programs since 1987 ]

[ Vanderbilt University | Site Index | | Help ]


Created by Vanderbilt University Design & Publishing.
Photo credits: Gerald Holly and Vanderbilt University Publications & Design.

Copyright © 2002, Vanderbilt University
URL: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/rpw_center/
Last Modified: Tuesday, 3 September 2002
For more information: rpw.center@vanderbilt.edu