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POSTPONED: "Unsavory Rhetorics in Virginia Woolf's Feminism"

When Mar 24, 2020
from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where 102 Burrowes Building, Grucci Room
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Maren Linett is a professor of English and director of the Critical Disability Studies program at Purdue University. She is the author of Modernism, Feminism, and Jewishness (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and Bodies of Modernism: Physical Disability in Transatlantic Modernist Literature (University of Michigan Press, 2017). She has edited two collections on modernist women, including the Cambridge Companion to Modernist Women Writers, and published an array of articles about modernism, disability, and bioethics. Her third book, Literary Bioethics: Animality, Disability, and the Human, is forthcoming with New York University Press in its Crip series. Abstract: This presentation explores three kinds of unsavory rhetoric Woolf relied on to argue for women’s mental freedom and autonomy. The three kinds of rhetoric are related, but distinguishable. They are rhetorics of eugenics, ableism, and antisemitism, and they are all put in service to arguments for which Woolf is justly celebrated. We cannot, therefore, simply jettison the aspects of her thought that rely on these rhetorics, but must instead grapple with them in order to truly understand the contours of Woolf’s feminism. Sponsored by the Jewish Studies program, the Department of English, and the Disability Studies Minor.