Profile: Frances Bartkowski


Center for Migration and the Global City, Department of English, Graduate Program in American Studies, Program in Women's and Gender Studies

She regularly teaches courses in feminist theory, literature and criticism. Her courses include memoir and autobiography, travel writing, utopian fiction, 20th century American and European novels. Recently she has taught courses on The Novel of Toni Morrison, The Post 9/11 Novel; Humans and Other Animals; Gender, Race and the Holocaust.

  • Associated Programs

    Fran was Director of Women's and Gender Studies from 1989-2002. She remains involved as an affiliate member of the program. Fran also works closely with students in the American Studies graduate program, and is an affiliate member of the African and African-American Studies Department.

  • Courses Taught

    Graduate English/Women’s and Gender Studies

                            Feminist Theory/Queer Theory

                            Gender, Race and the Holocaust

                            Post-War European Novel

                            History of Feminist Thought

                            Introduction to Graduate Literary Study

                            Feminist Literary Criticism

                            Psychoanalysis and Feminism

                            Thinking Gender/Writing Feminism

    Undergraduate English

                            Humans and Other Animals

                            Post 9/11 Novel in America

                            Contemporary Women Writers

                            Margaret Atwood and Toni Morrison

                            Toni Morrison and Philip Roth

                            Edith Wharton and Willa Cather

                            Feminist Utopian Writing

                            The Novel in America

                            Fictions of Gender

                            Immigrant Autobiographies

                            Cultural Confrontations

                            English 102

                            20th Century US Autobiographies

                            Women's Autobiographies

                            Women in Literature

    Women’s Studies

                            Politics of Sexuality                

                            Feminist Theory

                            Introduction to Women's Studies

  • Education

    Ph.D.              University of Iowa; Comparative Literature, 1982

    M.A.                University of Iowa; Comparative Literature, 1978

    M.L.S.             University of Southern California, Library Science,1972

    Diplôme        Université de Caen, France; Etudes supérieures, 1968

    B.A.                 Montclair State College, NJ; French/English; 1969

  • Publications

    Feminist Utopias, her first book, appeared in 1989 from University of Nebraska Press; Travelers, Immigrants, Inmates: Essays in Estrangement was published in 1995 by University of Minnesota Press; and Kissing Cousins: A New Kinship Bestiary came out in 2008 from Columbia University press; Her textbook, Feminist Theory: A Reader, co-edited with Wendy Kolmar of Drew University is scheduled for a 4th edition from McGraw-hill. She has published articles in Boundary 2, differences. She has also published essays in Tikkun, The New York Times. She Occasionally publishes poems, and is currently working on a novel, An Afterlife. Most recently she has been writing about the representation of animals in the visual arts; she is a member of the Animal Studies Group at NYU.
  • Research Initiatives

    Kissing Cousins: Kinship at Century's Turn (book project)

    An Afterlife: Memoir in Prose and Verse




    ethnic fiction

  • Files

  • 973-353-5014
  • 360 Dr. Martin L. King Blvd.
    Hill Hall 515
    Newark, New Jersey 07102

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