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Ellen Samuels

Associate Professor

Joint appointment: English
Office location: 3412 Sterling Hall
Office Hours: Tuesday 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Office phone: (608) 263-2190
Email: ejsamuels@wisc.edu

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My research interests include 19th and 20th century American literature; disability studies; feminist/queer theory and gender studies; African American literature; body theory; cultural studies; creative writing; autobiography and memoir.

Gender-related Courses:

GWS 101: Gender, Women, and Cultural Representation
GWS 310: Special Topics in Gender, Women and the Humanities: Gender and Disability
GWS 340: Topics in LGBT Studies: Queer Bodies
GWS 449: Topics in Feminism and Social and Cultural Theory: The Body in Theory

Selected Publications:   

“Examining Millie and Christine McKoy: Where Enslavement and Enfreakment Meet.” Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society. (Forthcoming, Autumn 2011)

Recipient of the Catharine Stimpson Prize for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship.

“‘A Complication of Complaints’: Untangling Disability, Race, and Gender in William and Ellen Craft’s Running A Thousand Miles for Freedom.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States. 31.3, Fall, 2006: 15-47.

“From Melville to Eddie Murphy: The Disability Con in American Literature and Film.” Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies. 8.1, March 2006: 61-82.

“My Body, My Closet: Invisible Disability and the Limits of Coming-Out Discourse.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 9.1-2, Spring 2003: 233-255. Winner of the 2003 Best Special Issue Award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

“Critical Divides: Judith Butler’s Body Theory and the Question of Disability.” National Women’s Studies Association Journal. 14.3, Fall 2002: 58-76.