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Women's and Gender Studies Brown Bag

Wednesday, 29 September, 2021

Women's and Gender Studies Brown Bag

"Working in the Margins: Editor Edith Mirrielees and the Rise of California"
Presented by  Dr. Flannery Burke, Professor in History

Wednesday, Sept. 29th, 2021

McGannon Hall, Rm 144

(we will be zooming this event as well, please email for the link)

Each semester the Department sponsors a brown bag series at which speakers present their research and engage the audience in discussion about the topic. The topics vary, as do the disciplines of the speakers and the points of view they represent. These informal settings provide unique and wonderful opportunities to learn about the range of Women's and Gender Studies scholarship and to meet students and faculty with similar interests.  

About this talk: Editor Edith Mirrielees played a critical role in the rise of Stanford University to a position of national preeminence. Although she left little archival material that documented her years as a student and professor at Stanford University between 1903 and 1962, scholars can trace her influence by attending to how she deployed regional and gendered identities in her editorial labor. Her editing, her published work, her  teaching at Vermont's Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the slight traces that she left in the archives of writers like Wallace Stegner and Bernard DeVoto demonstrate how she connected conventional gender norms to regional identities. Working literally and figuratively from the margins, Mirrielees centered the writing of western, white, male authors to further Stanford's and California's rise, a strategy that ultimately justified the margins that constrained other women writers, writers of color, and Mirrielees herself.  

Sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Department