2010-2011 Research Fellows


Shelley Fisher Fishkin | email

Professor of English, Joseph S. Atha Professor of Humanities, and Director, American Studies Program, Stanford University

Shelley Fisher Fishkin is a Professor of English, Joseph S. Atha Professor of Humanities, and Director of American Studies at Stanford University. She is the author, editor or co-editor of over forty books and has published over eighty articles, essays and reviews. Issues of gender figure prominently in her most recent monograph, Feminist Engagements: Forays into American Literature and Culture (Palgrave/Macmillan 2009), which was selected as an "Outstanding Academic Title" by Choice; in Listening to Silences: New Essays in Feminist Criticism, which she co-edited in 1994 (Oxford UP); and People of the Book: Thirty Scholars Reflect on Their Jewish Identity, which she co-edited in 1996, (Wisconsin UP). Gender issues are also central to much of her work on Mark Twain including the Historical Guide to Mark Twain, which she edited in 2002 (Oxford UP) and to her edition of the previously unpublished gender-bending play, "Is He Dead?" A New Comedy by Mark Twain, which she published in 2003 (University of California Press) and helped produce on Broadway in 2007. She has published articles on women writers including Gloria Anzaldúa, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Erica Jong, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Tillie Olsen, and was a co-founder of Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society, which is still going strong after 20 years. She has served as President of the American Studies Association and is a Founding Editor of the Journal of Transnational American Studies. Current research interests include feminism and American literature; what we can learn from the first four decades of Ms. Magazine; the intersections between public history and literary history; and transnational perspectives on American literature.

For her fellowship, Fishkin will be developing two new courses: English 183C/American Studies and 183C: Feminism and American Literature. She will research 60 photographs to be include in her manuscript "Reading America: A Companion to Literary Landmarks from Walden Pond to Wounded Knee" (University of California Press, forthcoming). Women writers are featured prominently in the text, including Gloria Anzaldúa, Zora Neale Hurston, Sarah Orne Jewett, Fae Myenne Ng, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Amy Tan, Yoshiko Uchida, and Zitkala-Sa, among many others. Additionally, Fishkin plans to develop a website with materials on her recent publications, including Feminist Engagements: Forays into American Literature and Culture (2009) and Reading America. Finally, Fishkin will begin work on the symposium she is developing with the Clayman Institute for 2011-2012 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Ms. Magazine.

Professor Fishkin will give an informal talk to this year's Faculty Research Fellows and Clayman Institute Faculty Affiliates on May 19th. Details here.

Further information about Professor Fishkin is available from her website.

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