FALL & SPRING: Wednesdays, 5:15 PM – 8:15 PM
September 3, 2014 – May 5, 2015
Meets every other week at MIT, Building and Room TBD
A writing workshop for graduate students at the dissertation level. Classes will include presentations and discussions of students’ work-in-progress. Discussions will move back and forth between theoretical considerations and practical ones as we address three areas central to dissertation writing: archive, methodology, and interpretation. Students will be asked to reflect on the ways that feminism and gender studies have affected their views of what discourses are considered relevant, worthy, and timely. We will also consider issues of scholarly voice, clarity, and vision. The course will consider how dissertation writers speak to various audiences while maintaining a core feminist engagement. Each student will also give an oral presentation that has been consciously adapted for an interdisciplinary audience.
Beth Kowaleski Wallace is a Professor of English at Boston College, where she teaches eighteenth-century literature and culture, literary and cultural theory, and feminist theory. She is the editor of The Encyclopedia of Feminist Literary Theory, and she has published widely in the field of eighteenth-century studies and, more recently, on popular culture.