Mary Thompson


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Mary Thompson  

Coordinator, The Women’s and Gender Studies Program
Faculty Advisor, Sister Speak and Free Thinkers

Office: Keezell 413
Phone: 540-568-3758
Office Hours: M 11am-12pm, T 2-4pm, & by appointment

Courses: Spring 2015
GEng 260: Survey of African American Literature 
Eng 368: Women's Fiction (cross-listed with WMST 368)
WMST 200: Introduction to Women's Studies

The courses I teach include
WMST 200 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
GENG 248 American Literature 1865-present
GENG 260 African American Literature
ENG 299 Writing About Literature
ENG 368 Narratives of Women’s Development (online)
ENG 368 Women Writers and the Kunstlerroman
ENG 368 Multi-Ethnic American Women Writers
ENG 369 Feminist Literary Theory
ENG 466/612 Magical Realism and Women Writers
ENG 466/510 Toni Morrison and Motherhood
ENG 610 Biopower and Motherhood in Contemporary Women’s Writing
ENG 612 Feminist Literary Theory
ENG 674 Literature and Body Studies

Contemporary American Literature, Women's Literature, Feminist Theory, Body Studies, Motherhood Studies, and Reproductive Justice

Ph.D., American Culture Stuies, Bowling Green State University
M.A., English, University of Vermont
B.A., French and English, University of Vermont

“Representing the Fetus and Reclaiming Maternal Subjectivity.”  Interrogating
          Reproductive Loss: Feminist Writings on Abortion, Miscarriage, and Stillbirth
. Eds.           Emily R.M. Lind & Angie Deveau. Toronto, Ontario: Demeter Press, 2016.

“Mommy-Memoirs and Abortion: Redefining Mothering.”  Journal for the Motherhood
5.2 (2015). (forthcoming)

Impossible Motherhood: Irene Vilar’s Misconceived Metaphors.” Frontiers: A Journal of           Women’s Studies 35.1 (2014): 132-59.

Review of Mothers Who Deliver: Feminist Interventions in Public and Personal Discourse.           Edited by Jocelyn Fenton Stitt and Pegeen Reichert Powell. Teachers College
. June 15, 2011. Web.

“Learn Something From This! The Problem of Optional Ethnicity in America’s Next
          Top Model.” Feminist Media Studies 10:3 (Sept. 2010): 335-52.

“Mothers in Media.” In Encyclopedia of Motherhood. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Sage Press,
          2010. 2:746-50.

“Juno or Just Another Girl? Young Breeders and a New Century of Racial Politics
          of Motherhood.” In Motherhood at the 21st Century: Policy, Experience,
          Identity, Agency
. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly (New York: Columbia University Press,
          2010). 171-84.

"Third Wave Feminism and Motherhood." GENDERS 43 (Spring 2006): 40pars.

"The Construction of Public Health in the FDA Hearings on Silicone Breast
          Implants," in Body Talk: Rhetoric, Technology, and Reproduction. Eds Claire
          Gavon, L. Gurak, M. Lay and C. Mynti (Chicago: University of Wisconsin Press, 2000).

Recent Conference Presentations and Talks:
“Thinking Back Through Our Mothers: Contemporary Memoir and Abortion.” Intimate
          Labors: Narratives of Self, Maternal Desire, and Reproduction Session. Session
          organizer. NWSA Conference. San Juan, Puerto Rico. November 12-16, 2014.

“Mother-loss and Abortion in Contemporary Women’s Memoirs.” Love, Labor, and Loss:           Narratives of Self, Maternal Desire, and Reproduction Session. Session co-
          organizer. MIRCI: Mothers, Mothering, and Motherhood in Literature. Toronto, ON.           October 22-3, 2014.

“Contemporary Women’s Memoirs and Abortion: Thinking Back Through Our Mothers.”           Abortion: The Unfinished Revolution. University of Prince Edward Island,
          Charlottetown, PEI, Canada. August 7-8, 2014.

“Mother-Child Bonding: Ultrasounds, Fetal Tissue, and Abortion in Clinical Practice.”
          De-Naturalising Maternal Desire: Narratives of Abortion, Adoption and Surrogacy.           Session co-organizer. Northeast Modern Language Association. Susquehanna
          University, April 4, 2014.

“Sister Speak: ‘Zines as Feminist Pedagogy and Activism on Campus.” SEWSA. UNC
          Greensboro. April 2013.

"'Learn Something from This!': America's Next Top Model and the Post-feminist,  Post-race           Politics of Neoliberalism." Gender Studies Lecture for Women’s History Month.
          Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA. March 20, 2013.

“Misconceived Metaphors: Repeat Abortion and Addiction In Vilar’s Impossible
  Motherhood and Reproduction Conference. MIRCI. Ryerson University,           Toronto, ON, Canada. October 23, 2012.

“Gender Climate at JMU.” Annual Diversity Conference. James Madison University. March           25, 2011.

“’I’m Against Abortion, But…’: Post-feminism and Abortion.” Gender, Bodies, and
          Technology Interdisciplinary Conference. Virginia Tech. Roanoke, VA. April 22-24,           2010.         

“Reclaiming Maternal Voices and Fetal Imagery.” Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference.           Michigan State University. Lansing, MI. October 8, 2009.

“The Biopolitics of Black Motherhood in Toni Morrison’s Beloved.” College English
          Association Conference. Pittsburgh, PA. March 26, 2009.

International Development Grant, JMU Office of International Programs (2014)
International Development Grant, JMU Office of International Programs (2013)
International Development Grant, JMU Office of International Programs (2012)
Innovative Diversity Efforts Award (IDEA) Grant (JMU 2010-11)
Madison Teaching Fellow, “Gender in the Academy” (JMU 2009-2010)
Faculty Summer Institute for Online Course Development. (JMU 2007)
International Development Grant, JMU Office of International Programs (2004)


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