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Research Interests

Gender/Sexuality Studies, American, later, Theory & Criticism, Women's Literature

Professional Information

Since 2004, Dale M. Bauer has been a Professor of English atthe University of Illinois, Miami U of Ohio, College of the Holy Cross, andFranklin& Marshall College.   In addition to writing on feminist and critical pedagogy, she has also published Feminist Dialogics, Edith Wharton’s Brave New Politics, and edited collections on Bakhtin and feminism, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wall-paper,” and 19th-century American women’s writing.  Her new book, Sex Expression and American Women’s Writing, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in May 2009.  This is a study of American women’s writing about sexuality, from 1860 to 1940, with sentimental fictions like The Morgesons and The Silent Partner to the huge bestsellers byJewish-American writer Fannie Hurst. This new rhetoric of sexuality enables critical conversations about who had sex, when in life they had it, and how it signified.  

She is now studying the 50+ novels of the 19th-century writer EDEN Southworth (essay forthcoming in Arizona Quarterly), as well as editing the Cambridge History of American Women’s Literature(forthcoming Spring 2012).

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Research Output

  • Edith Wharton's brave new politics

    Bauer, D. M., 1994, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. 225 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

    “The zipless fuck is absolutely pure”: Sexual liberation and 1970s american literature

    Bauer, D. M., Jan 1 2018, American Literature in Transition, 1970-1980. Cambridge University Press, p. 102-114 13 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Serial women writers and racial intimacy

    Bauer, D. M., Jan 1 2016, In : Arizona Quarterly. 72, 1, p. 1-24

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle