Duke the Program In Literature

    Robyn Wiegman
  • Robyn Wiegman

  • Professor
  • Literature
  • 110 Friedl Building
  • Campus Box 90670
  • Phone: (919) 684-2947
  • Fax: (919) 684-4652
  • Office Hours: By appointment
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Specialties

    • American Literature
    • Critical Theory
    • Cultural Studies
    • Comparative Literature
  • Research Description

    Robyn Wiegman is Professor of Literature and Women's Studies and formerly the Margaret Taylor Smith Director of Women's Studies at Duke, from 2001-2007. She earned her Ph.D. in American Literature at the University of Washington in 1988 and has taught at Syracuse University, Indiana University, and the University of California, Irvine. Her publications include 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). Wiegman's research interests include feminist theory, queer theory, American Studies, critical race theory, and film and media studies. She was co-director of the Dartmouth Summer Institute on American Studies from 1998-2004 and director of Women's Studies at UC-Irvine from 1997-2000. She is currently co-editing (with Elizabeth Wilson) a special issue of differences on "Queer Theory without Anti-Normativity" and working on two monographs: Racial Sensations, on affect and anti-racist aesthetics, and Arguments Worth Having, on key debates in feminist and queer theory. In 2013 she received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring from the Graduate School at Duke University.
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • English,
      • University of Washington,
      • 1988
      • MFA,
      • Indiana University,
      • 1984
      • BA,
      • English,
      • Indiana University,
      • 1981
      • Women's Studies Certificate,
      • Indiana University,
      • 1981
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Dean's Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring,
      • The Graduate School, Duke University,
      • December 2013
      • Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Top 5%, Office of Assessment, Duke University,
      • Spring 2012
      • Crompton-Noll Award for Best Essay in GL/Q Studies, MLA, Honorable Mention,
      • January, 2007
  • Recent Publications

      • R. Wiegman.
      • The Right to Look: A Counterhistory of Visuality (Nicholas Mirzoeff).
      • Melus
      • (2014)
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      • R. Wiegman, eds.
      • Queer Theory Without Anti-Normativity.
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      • Ed. Edited R. Wiegman and E. A. Wilson (Emory).
      • (2015)
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      Publication Description

      Special issue began as a MLA panel in 2013 and will go to press in 2014 with final publication in winter 2015. An anthology is being planned to expand the project, for subsequent publication in late 2015. An FHI funded workshop will be held in April 2014 to facilitate the expansion and transformation of the project from special issue to book.

      • R. Wiegman.
      • "Wishful Thinking."
      • Feminist Formations
      • 25
      • .3
      • (2013)
      • :
      • 200-211.
      Publication Description

      This is my response to a series of essays by prominent scholars about my 2012 book Object Lessons, in the premiere journal of the National Women's Studies Association. The "dossier" on Object Lessons is 85 pgs total and edited by Zahid Chaudhary of Princeton.

      • R. Wiegman.
      • "The Closet, Its Conventions, and Anti-Racist Criticism."
      • Cultural Anthropology
      • 28
      • .3
      • (2013)
      • :
      • 243-245.
      • 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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