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Faculty: Janice A. Radway  

Janice A. Radway
Title: Professor Emeritus and Bass Fellow
Office Location: 109 Art Museum, Buchanan and Trinity, Durham, NC 27701
Office Phone: +1 919 684 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

Research Interests:  

(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 has just completed volume 4 of the five volume, collaborative history of the book in the United States(with Carl Kaestle), sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society. Radway has also just completed American Studies: An Anthology, to be published by Blackwell Publishers. Her co-editors were Kevin Gaines and Penny Von Eschen of the University of Michigan and Barry Shank of Ohio State University. She is Past President of the American Studies Association. Radway is presently working on a book entitled Girls, Zines, and their Afterlives: Sex, Gender, Capitalism, and Everyday Life in the Nineties and Beyond.

Recent Publications   (More Publications)


  • 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 pp.).  [abs]
  • 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 .
  • with Radway, JA; Gaines, K; Shank, B; Eschen, PV. American Studies: An Anthology.  Blackwell Publishers, August, 2008 .
Articles in a Journal
  • 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).
  • Radway, JA. "Preface to Avery F. Gordon, Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination."  University of Minnesota Press, 2008.

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