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  Janice A. Radway, Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies
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  Janice A. RadwayProfessor and Chair

Office Location:  101B Art Museum
Office Phone:  (919) 684-3436
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  • Ph.D. Michigan State University 1977
  • M.A. State University of New York, Stony Brook 1972
  • B.A. Michigan State University 1971


Cultural Studies
American Mass & Popular Culture
American Literature
Research Interests: Book History and American Studies

(Ph.D. in English and American Studies, Michigan State University, 1977). Before coming to Duke, she taught in the American Civilization Department at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also served as editor of the American Quarterly. She is the author of Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy and Popular Literature, and A Feeling for Books: The Book- of-the-Month Club, Literary Taste, and Middle Class Desire. Her current research interests are in the history of literacy and reading in the United States, particularly as they bear on the lives of women. She is currently working on the history of the book in the United States in the twentieth century (with Carl Kaestle) as part of the American Antiquarian Society's collaborative project on the history of the book. Radway is also working on an anthology of new work in American Studies. She is past president of the American Studies Association.

Recent Publications   (More Publications)
  1. Radway, JA. Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature.  second edition and with a new introduction Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, January, 2009: 1-276.  [abs]
  2. with Carl Kaestle. Print in Motion: The Expansion of Publishing and Reading in the United States, 1880-1945.  University of North Carolina Press, Fall, 2008.
  3. with Radway, JA; Gaines, K; Shank, B; Eschen, PV. American Studies: An Anthology.  Blackwell Publishers, August, 2008.
  4. Radway, JA. "Learned and Literary Print Cultures in an Age of Professionalization and Diversification." Print In Motion: The Expansion of Publishing and Reading in the United States, 1880-1945  (Fall, 2008).