Walker, Gina Luria

Gina Luria Walker

Gina Luria  Walker
PhD, 18th-Century Literature, New York University
Associate Professor of Women Studies; School for Undergraduate Studies; The New School for Public Engagement

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Areas of Expertise:
Women’s intellectual history; secular Jewish studies
Gina Luria Walker is an intellectual historian who investigates alternatives to traditional accounts of the past. Her interests the struggles of female intellectuals to be educated outside the male-only institutions of teaching and learning, 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 struggles over efforts to apply them to women, the working class, people of color, colonists, and Jews. She is currently the editor of the Chawton House Library edition of Female Biography (1803) by Mary Hays, a six-volume work documenting the lives of 300 rebellious women, which Jane Austen is known to have read and may have used in writing her novels. Dr. Walker has assembled an international team of scholars and students for this project.
Courses Taught:
  • Rational to Radical Dissent: Wars of Ideas
  • Perfect History: Councils of War and Peace
  • The Origins of Secular Society: A Jewish Intellectual History
  • Gender and Genre: Early Modern Women and Men Write Each Other
  • Women’s Intellectual History: Beginnings
  • Women’s Intellectual History: Did Women Have an Enlightenment?
Recent Publications:
“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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