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Robyn Wiegman, Professor, Literature and Women's Studies

Robyn Wiegman
Office Location:  Friedl Building
Office Phone:  (919) 684-2947
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Teaching (Fall 2015):

  • Lit 201.01, Intro global cultural studies Synopsis
    Friedl bdg 102, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
  • Lit 690s.07, Special topics in literature Synopsis
    Friedl bdg 102, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
Office Hours:

by appointment

  • PhD University of Washington 1988
  • MFA Indiana University 1984
  • BA Indiana University 1981
  • Women's Studies Certificate Indiana University 1981


American Literature
Critical Theory
Cultural Studies
Comparative Literature
Research Interests:

Robyn Wiegman is Professor of Literature and Women's Studies and former Director of the Women's Studies Program at Duke from 2001-2007. She earned her Ph.D. in American Literature at the University of Washington in 1988. She has also taught at Syracuse University, Indiana University, and the University of California, Irvine. She has published two monographs---Object Lessons (2012) and American Anatomies: Theorizing Race and Gender (1995)---and five edited collections---Who Can Speak: Identity and Critical Authority (1995), Feminism Beside Itself (1995), AIDS and the National Body (1997), The Futures of American Studies (2002), and Women's Studies on Its Own(2002). Her textbook, Literature and Gender: Thinking Critically Through Poetry, Fiction, and Drama (and Teacher's Manual) appeared in 1999. She is also an editor, with Inderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan of the Duke University book series, Next Wave: New Directions in Women's Studies. Wiegman's research interests include feminist theory, queer theory, American Studies, critical race theory, and film and media studies. She is currently completing Without Guarantee, which focuses on feminism's institutionalization of feminism in the U.S. academy, and preparing for two new projects: Racial Sensations, on affect and anti-racist aesthetics, and Arguments Worth Having, which engages debates in feminist and queer theory. She was co-director of the Dartmouth Summer Institute on American Studies from 1998-2004.

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)
  1. R. Wiegman, "The Right to Look: A Counterhistory of Visuality (Nicholas Mirzoeff)". Melus  (2014).
  2. R. Wiegman, Queer Theory Without Anti-Normativitydifferences  (2015).
  3. R. Wiegman. "Wishful Thinking." Feminist Formations 25:3 (2013): 200-211.
  4. R. Wiegman. "The Closet, Its Conventions, and Anti-Racist Criticism." Cultural Anthropology 28:3 (2013): 243-245.
  5. R. Wiegman and T. Dean. "What Does Critique Want? A Critical Exchange." English Language Notes 51:2 (Accepted, Fall/Winter 2014).

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