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Dale Bauer

Professor Emerita

Research Interests

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

Research Description

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).

Highlighted Publications

Bauer, D. M. (2009). Sex Expression and American Women Writers 1860–1940. University of North Carolina Press.

Bauer, D. M. (1994). Edith Wharton's brave new politics. University of Wisconsin Press.

Bauer, D. M. (1988). Feminist dialogics: A theory of failed community. State University of New York Press.

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Recent Publications

Bauer, D. M. (2019). Nineteenth-century American women's serial novels. Cambridge University Press.

Bauer, D. M. (2018). “The zipless fuck is absolutely pure”: Sexual liberation and 1970s american literature. In American Literature in Transition, 1970-1980 (pp. 102-114). Cambridge University Press.

Bauer, D. M. (2016). Serial women writers and racial intimacy. Arizona Quarterly, 72(1), 1-24.

Bauer, D. (2013). Seriality and Ann Stephens. J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, 1(1), 28-35.

Bauer, D. (2013). Why Read E. D. E. N. Southworth? Arizona Quarterly, 69(1), 1-22.

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