Mary Thompson

 

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Mary Thompson  

Coordinator, The Women’s and Gender Studies Program

Office: Keezell 413
Phone: 540-568-3758
Email: thompsmx@jmu.edu
Office Hours: W 2:00-4:00pm, F 12:00-1:00pm

Courses: Spring 2016
WGS 200: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
Eng 302: Special Topics in Litertaure and Language. Mothers, Mothering, and Motherhood           in African American Women’s Writing   
Eng 368: Women's Fiction: Women and the Kunstlerroman

Other Courses Taught
WGS 200 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
ENG 222 Women’s Literature
ENG 248 American Literature 1865-present
ENG 260 African American Literature
ENG 299 Writing About Literature
ENG 368 Narratives of Women’s Development (online)
ENG 368 Women 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

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

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

Publications:
“Believing is Seeing is Believing: Elective Abortion, Fetal Tissue, and Maternal Bonding           and Loss.”  Interrogating Reproductive Loss: Feminist Writings on Abortion,
          Miscarriage, and Stillbirth
. Eds. Emily R.M. Lind & Angie Deveau. Toronto, Ontario:           Demeter Press, 2016. (forthcoming)

“When Chickens Come Home to Signify in Our Mothers’ Gardens: Alice Walker’s The
          Chicken Chronicles
and Rebecca Walker’s Baby Love. New Maternalisms: Tales of           Motherwork (Dislodging the Unthinkable). Eds. Roksana Badruddoja and Maki
          Motapanyane. Toronto, ON: Demeter Press, 2016. 180-96.

“Abortion and Mommy-Memoirs: Irene Vilar’s Impossible Motherhood.”  Journal for
          the Motherhood Initiative
5.2 (2014): 153-79.

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
          Record
. 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:
“Confessions: Abortion in Ayelet Waldman’s Bad Mother.” NWSA Conference. Milwaukee,           WI. November, 2015.

“Pitbulls, Hurricanes, and Teen Pregnancies: Precarity and Disasters in Jesmyn Ward’s           Salvage the Bones.” MIRCI. Ryerson University. Toronto, ON. October 2015.

“‘Our Stories Live Underground’: The Politics of Abortion in Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and Terry           Tempest Williams’ When Women Were Birds.” ASLE Conference. University of Idaho.           June 2015.

“Sister Speak: ‘Zines as Feminist Pedagogy and Activism on Campus.” Annual Diversity           Conference, JMU. March 16, 2015.

“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.

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

Awards / Grants / Honors
International Development Grant: JMU Office of International Programs (2015)
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: (JMU 2009-2010)
International Development Grant: JMU Office of International Programs (2004)

 

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