Gender and Sexuality Studies

Graduate Studies in English at Northeastern University

Many English Department faculty are affiliated with Northeastern's Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) program and work in related fields. Graduate students have the opportunity to study with these and WGSS-affiliated faculty in other departments, as well as with other Boston-area scholars through the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality. Northeastern University is home to the editorial office for Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, the flagship journal in the field of feminist theory, and English faculty and graduate students have worked on the publication in various capacities.

Our Faculty

Hillary Chute (gender studies; the graphic novel)
Featured Work: Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics (Columbia Univ. Press, 2010) [full bio]

Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (gender; American literature)
Featured Work: The Gender of Freedom: Fictions of Liberalism and the Literary Public Sphere (Stanford Univ. Press 2007) [full bio]

Laura Green (Women’s and Gender Studies; Victorian literature)
Featured Work: Literary Identification: From Charlotte Brontë to Tsitsi Dangarembga (Ohio State Univ. Press, 2012); Co-Editor of the Signs Book Review [full bio]

Carla Kaplan (feminist theory; American and African American literature)
Featured Work: Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance (Harper Collins, 2013); Chair of the Signs Board of Associate Editors [full bio]

Eunsong Kim (critical gender studies; 20th- and 21st-Century American literature; poetry)
Featured Work: Co-founder of contemptorary [full bio]

Lori Lefkovitz (feminist theory; Jewish literature; Hebrew Bible)
Featured Work: In Scripture: The First Stories of Jewish Sexual Identities (Rowman and Littlefield, 2011) [full bio]

Marina Leslie (gender; early modern literature)
Featured Work: Menacing Virgins: Representing Virginity in the Middle Ages and Renaissanceco-edited with Kathleen Coyne Kelly (University of Delaware Press, 1999); Co-chair of the Women and Culture in the Early Modern World Mahindra Humanities Center seminars (with Diana Henderson, MIT) [full bio]

Patrick Mullen (queer theory; Irish and British literature)
Featured Work: The Poor Bugger’s Tool: Irish Modernism, Queer Labor, and Postcolonial History (Oxford Univ. Press, 2012) [full bio]

Selected Recent Dissertations and Theses

Kathryn Bloom, “Fanfare for the Common Woman” (working title) (directed by Lori Lefkovitz)

Ceillie Clark-Keane, “Dorothy Macardle and the Irish Mother: Feminist Writings and the Disruption of Nationalist Myth” (supervised by Patrick Mullen)

Shannon Garner-Balandrin, “Into Something Rich and Strange: Early Modern English Romance and Ecotheory” (directed by Marina Leslie)

Laura Hartmann-Villalta, “Witness to War: Photography, Anglophone Women’s Writing, and the Spanish Civil War” (directed by Carla Kaplan)

Shun Yin Kiang, “‘Only Connect’: Friendship, Belonging, and Space in the Works of J. M. Barrie, E. M. Forster, and J. R. Ackerley” (directed by Laura Green)

Danielle Skeehan, “Creole Domesticity: Women, Commerce, and Kinship in Early Atlantic Writing” (directed by Elizabeth Maddock Dillon)

Selected Recent Courses
  • Cosmopolitanism and the Humanities – ENGL 7351 Topics in Literary Studies
  • Gender and the Culture of Crime – ENGL 7282 Topics in Renaissance Literature
  • Gender and Sexuality in Medieval Romance and Modern Film Adaptations – ENGL 7281 Topics in Medieval Literature
  • Gender and Victorian Literature – ENGL 7286 Topics in Victorian Literature
  • Literature in the Public Interest: Muckraking and American Realism, (1887-2013) –  ENGL 7211 Topics in American Literature
  • Renaissance Women – ENGL 7282 Topics in Renaissance Literature
  • Rhetoric and Gender – ENGL 7360 Topics in Rhetoric
  • Theorizing Gender and Sexuality – WMNS 6100


Visiting Scholar Lunchtime Lecture with Lauren Wilwerding: “Old Maids to Single Women: Culture, Rhetoric, Plot”


Visiting Scholar Lunchtime Lecture with Lauren Wilwerding: “Old Maids to Single Women: Culture, Rhetoric, Plot”

When did the old maid become the single woman? And why does it matter? While the fact that single women outnumber married in the US seems strikingly modern, this contemporary demographic fact is rooted in the seemingly unremarkable nineteenth-century old maid. As Victorians worked out the roles appropriate to a large population of single women…
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