Walker, Gina Luria

Gina Luria Walker

Gina Luria  Walker
PhD, 18th-Century Literature, New York University
Professor of Women's Studies, Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students; Affiliate, Liberal Studies Program, The New School for Social Research

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Areas of Expertise:
Women’s intellectual history; history of dissent; secular Jewish studies; Female biography in global context
Gina Luria Walker is an intellectual historian who investigates alternatives to traditional accounts of the past. Her interests include the struggles of female intellectuals to be educated outside the male-only institutions of teaching and learning, and recognized in the Republic of Letters, and the diffusion of the Reformation concept of “the right to private judgment” as a pivotal force in the withering of absolutism in church and state. Dr. Walker also explores the emergence of “the rights of man” and the conflict over efforts to apply these to women, the working class, people of color, colonists, and Jews. She is the Editor of the Chawton House Library edition of Female Biography (1803) by Mary Hays, a six-volume work documenting the lives of 302 active, learned, and rebellious women, which Jane Austen is known to have read and may have used in writing her novels. To produce the new edition, Dr. Walker assembled an international team of 164 scholars, representing 116 institutions in eighteen countries. She is the Director of Project Continua, an online archive of "female biographies" of women attested to in the historical records who contributed to the feminist intellectual tradition.
Courses Taught:
  • Women's Intellectual History
  • Enlightened Exchanges
  • Rational to Radical Dissent: The Right to Private Judgement
  • Perfect History: Councils of War and Peace
  • Mapping, Discovery, Empire
  • Jews and the Crusades
  • The History of the Book
  • History, Biography, Fiction: Parallel Lives
Recent Publications:

Editor, Mary Hays, Female Biography; or, Memoirs of Illustrious and Celebrated Women, of All Ages and Countries (1803). Chawton House Library Series: Women's Memoirs, ed. Gina Luria Walker, Memoirs of Women Writers Part II (Pickering & Chatto: London, 2013, 2014) in six volumes.

"The Two Marys: Hays Writes Wollstonecraft," Called to Civil Existence: Mary Wollstonecraft's The Rights of Woman, ed. Enit K. Steiner, Dialogue Series, Rodophi Press, Amsterdam, 2014, pp. 49-70.

“Intellectual Exchanges: Women and Rational Dissent,” in special issue, Enlightenment and Dissent, (2010) (co-editor)

“Women’s Voices,” in The Cambridge Companion to British Literature of the French Revolution in the 1790s, ed. Pamela Clemit (2010)

Rational Passions: Women and Scholarship in Britain, 1702–1870 (2008) (co-editor)

Mary Hays (1759–1843): The Growth of a Woman’s Mind (2006)

The Idea of Being Free: A Mary Hays Reader (2005)

“Mary Hays: An Enlightened Quest,” in Women, Gender and Enlightenment (2005)

“‘Can Man Be Free/And Woman Be a Slave?’ Teaching Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Women Writers in Intersecting Communities,” in Teaching British Women Writers 1750–1900 (2005)

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