Karen Weingarten’s first book Abortion in the American Imagination: Before Life and Choice, 1880-1940 (Rutgers UP, 2014) presents a genealogy of the liberal rhetoric that currently subtends both the “pro-life” and “pro-choice” discourses of abortion today. You can read an interview with Professor Weingarten about her book on the history blog Process here. Her next research project takes a genealogical perspective on the intersections and tensions between feminist theory, women’s reproductive lives, and disability studies.
Other Research and Teaching Interests: American literature from 1850-1950, feminist theory, women’s and gender studies, reproductive justice, disability studies, writing studies and memoir.
English 110: Science and Culture
English 130: Writing about Literature
English 244: Theory
English 391W: Reading Digital Archives
English 729: Modern Memoir: Tales of “Real Life” in the Twenty-First Century U.S.
English 736: Reading at the Intersections of Feminist Theory and Disability Studies
English 701: Graduate Methodologies
English 795: Teaching Practicum for Graduate Student Instructors
Abortion in the American Imagination: Before Life and Choice, 1880-1940 (Rutgers UP, 2014).
Selected Articles and Essays
“Sex/Gender.” Co-authored with Lilla Toke. In Literature: An Introduction to Theory and Analysis. Eds. Mads Rosendahl Thomsen. New York: Bloomsbury. March 2017.
“How to Read with Your Ears: Poetry and Online Audio Archives.” Co-authored with Corey Frost. In Teaching Literature with Digital Technology. Ed. Timothy Hetland. New York: Bedford-St. Martins Press. July 2016.
“Disability as Diversity: A New Biopolitics.” Co-authored with Michele Friedner. Somatosphere: Science, Medicine, and Anthropology. May 2016. http://somatosphere.net/2016/05/disability-as-diversity-a-new-biopolitics.html
“Shame Before the Law: Affects of Abortion Regulation.” In American Shame. Ed. Myra Mendible. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, April 2016.
“Testing Eugenics.” Avidly in the Los Angeles Review of Books. March 2016. http://avidly.lareviewofbooks.org/2016/03/10/testing-eugenics/
“Talking Sex: The Rhetorics of Reproduction, Sex Education, and Sexual Expression in the Modern United States.” (Review Essay) Feminist Studies 39.1 (Spring 2013).
“Impossible Decisions: Abortion, Reproductive Technologies, and the Rhetoric of Choice.” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 41.3 (Spring 2012).
“Authoring Wikis: Digital Collaboration and the Concept of Authorship in First-Year Writing.” Co-authored with Corey Frost. Radical Teacher 90. Special Issue on Teaching with Technology. (Spring 2011).
“Bad Girls and Biopolitics: Popular Fiction, Population Control, and Abortion Politics.” Journal of Literature and Medicine 29.1 (Spring 2011).
“Between the Town and the Mountain: Abortion and the Politics of Life in Edith Wharton’s Summer.” Canadian Review of American Studies 40 (Fall 2010).
“The Inadvertent Alliance of Anthony Comstock and Margaret Sanger: How Abortion Became Politicized.” Feminist Formations 22.2 (Summer 2010). (Formerly National Women’s Studies Association Journal.)
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