ENLT 2552

Analyzes the representations of women in literature as well as literary texts by women writers. For more details on which topics are being offered this semester, visit the English Department website: http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.

AAS 3000

This seminar examines women's religious activities, traditions, and spirituality in a number of different African contexts. Drawing on ethnographic, historical, literary, and religious studies scholarship, we will explore a variety of themes and debates that have emerged in the study of gender and religion in Africa. Topics will include gendered images of sacred power; the construction of gender through ritual; sexuality and fertility; and women's agency in indigenous religious movements, Muslim communities and Christian congregations in Africa.

JPTR 3290

Combined with JPTR 5290.
This seminar will take up the world's earliest instance of literature written extensively by, for, and about women, including such famous works as the Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon and Sarashina Diary, among others. The focus will be on reading gender as a fictional enactment of desire and identity that is performed through acts of writing and reading. No prior knowledge of Japanese language or literature is required. 

ANTH 3600

Examines the manner in which ideas about sexuality and gender are constructed differently cross-culturally and how these ideas give shape to other social phenomena, relationships, and practices.

WGS 4700

Typically, men are dealt with in a way that casually presents them as representative of humanity.   This course addresses the various ways that men are also “gendered,” and can be the subject of inquiries of gender, sexuality, inequality, and privilege in their own right.
This course fulfills the second writing requirement.

WGS 3611

Combined with HUIS 3611

WGS 3450

As a visual art, architecture as an object projects a specific image; as a spatial art it affects individual and group interaction/engagement with the built environment. Through the lenses of gender and race we will examine human relationships to architecture - as designers, patrons, and users – in the public and the private realm and across a broad range of temporal and geographic boundaries. Approaches will include psychoanalysis, critical theory, and social, political, and architectural history.


Selected Publications
Embodying American Slavery in Contemporary Culture, University of Illinois Press, 2008

“Academic Mothers and their Feminist Daughters: A Remix” African American Review 40(2006): 35-38.
“Working Moms in Their Own Words” Black Issues in Higher Education, March 28, 2002.


Selected Publication
Manning the Race, New York University Press, 2004
The Contours of Masculine Desire, Oxford University Press, 1989