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Carla Kaplan Featured in “The March of the Karens”

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Carla Kaplan, Davis Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, was recently featured in The New York Times Style Magazine article “The March of the Karens” by Ligaya Mishan, published on August 12th. Professor Kaplan’s feature draws parallels between her book Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance (2013) and modern-day “Karens,” the name that has become synonymous with “a type of interfering, hectoring white woman, the self-appointed hall monitor unloosed on the world, so assured of her status in society that she doesn’t hesitate to summon the authorities…for the most trivial and often wholly imaginary transgressions.”

Read the full article on the NYTimes website.

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