Women’s and Gender Studies

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Dr. Brenda Bethman

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University of Missouri-Kansas City
208 Haag Hall
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110

Jennifer Frangos

Jennifer FrangosDepartment of English
Cockefair Hall 120

(816) 235-2559
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Jennifer Frangos, Associate Professor of English. (A.B. cum laude in English and Women’s Studies, Vassar College, 1990; M.A. in English, University at Buffalo, 1994; Ph.D. in English and Women’s Studies, Stony Brook University, 2001). Doctoral faculty in English. Research areas: eighteenth-century British literature and culture; history of sexuality; feminist theory, queer theory; cultural studies, Transatlantic studies; print culture. Co-editor, Teaching the Transatlantic Eighteenth Century (2010). Editor, The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation.

My research explores what Eve Sedgwick has called “perverse histories and local possibilities” by tracing available tropes for understanding and enacting female sexual desire in eighteenth-century British print culture. I have published essays on Anne Lister’s diaries, Aphra Behn’s use of hermaphroditic imagery, and Delarivier Manley’s scandal fiction, as well as on ghost stories and the transatlantic circulation of ideas, things, and people. A new project focuses on unmarried women and “the life of the mind” in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British culture.