Mary Thompson


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Mary Thompson  

Coordinator, The Women’s and Gender Studies Program

Office: Keezell 413
Phone: 540-568-3758
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

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

“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
. 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 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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