Professor Cora Kaplan

Posted in Conference 2012

Cora Kaplan is Honorary Professor of English at Queen Mary, University of London and Professor Emerita of English at Southampton University. In 2011-12 she is Senior Research Fellow at King’s College, University of London. From 1988-95 she held a chair in English at Rutgers University, New Brunswick where she was, from 1992-95, the Director of the Institute for Research on Women. A feminist cultural critic and theorist, with a special interest in class and race, her work has focused on questions of aesthetic and politics--in women’s writing in Britain from the late eighteenth century through the mid-Victorian period—and in fiction and film in the last fifty years. These issues were first brought together in Sea Changes: Essays on Cultural and Criticism (Verso, 1986), and later in Genders, co-authored with David Glover (Taylor and Francis, 2000; 2nd revised edition 2009). Her most recent book, Victoriana: Histories, Fictions, Criticism (Edinburgh UP and Columbia UP, 2007), continues this work. With Dr. Jennie Batchelor she is the general editor of a new 10 part series, the History of British Women’s Writing published by Palgrave MacMillan. The first five volumes of the series appeared in 2010-12. Two co-edited books, Harriet Martineau: Authorship Society and Empire (Manchester UP) and Imagining Transatlantic Slavery (Palgrave) were published in 2009. James Baldwin: America and Beyond (Michigan UP) co-edited with Bill Schwarz appeared in 2011. Her current project is a study of racial thinking and representation in nineteenth century Britain.