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    Terri Gordon

    Associate Professor of Comparative Literature


    Professor Gordon is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at The New School in New York City.  Her research interests lie in the areas of transitional justice, post-authoritarian literature and memory studies.  She has published on the cabaret, post-authoritarian fiction, and African American performance art.  Her work has been published in Journal of the History of Sexuality, Nottingham French Studies, and Latin American Literary Studies, amongst others.  She co-edited the WSQ (Women's Studies Quarterly) "At Sea" Issue (spring/summer 2017), a special issue on the contemporary global migrant crisis, maritime violence, and environmental destruction.  She also co-edited the WSQ "Citizenship" Issue (spring/summer 2010).  Her translation of Jean Genet's Elle was adapted for an off-Broadway production in 2002.  She served as the Director of the university-wide Gender Studies Program at The New School and as Chair of "Ethics, Power and Justice" at SPE from 2014-16.  She also served as Director of Jewish Cultural Studies at SPE from fall2 2011-spring 2014.  Professor Gordon received the New School Distinguished University Teaching Award in 2003 and teaches interdisciplinary courses in the areas of ethics and literature, gender studies and the aesthetics of the body.  She is currently working on a book project on restorative justice in Chile, South African and Rwanda.

    Degrees Held:

    PhD in Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2000

    Certificate in Women's Studies, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Columbia University, Fall 1995

    MA in French Literature, Columbia University, 1993

    Professional Affiliations:

    Member of WSQ (Women's Studies Quarterly) Editorial Board, Jan. 2008-present

    Member of MLA (Modern Language Association)

    Member of NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association)

    Member of ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association)

    Recent Publications:

    Recent publications include:

    Guest editor (with Amy Sodaro) of WSQ (Women’s Studies Quarterly) At Sea issue 45 1&2 (forthcoming Spring/Summer 2017).   The volume addresses the gendered perspectives of the global migrant/refugee crisis, maritime violence, and environmental destruction. It also consider the relevance of the sea in literature and culture and the metaphorical dimensions of the term "at sea" -- the state of being adrift, lost, unmoored, without bearings.  The issue includes ten scholarly articles, a photo essay on the Italian island of Lampedusa, a Classics Revisited forum on Rachel Carson’s The Sea Around Us, book review essays, poetry and fiction, and visual art.

    “Introduction: At Sea” (with Amy Sodaro), in WSQ "At Sea" issue 45 1&2 (Spring/Summer 2017).   “An Ethics of Pain: Carlos Cerda’s Una casa vacía,” Latin American Literary Review 86/43 (2015).

    Research Interests:

    Transitional justice, post-authoritarian literature, memory studies, modernism and the avant-garde

    Current Courses:

    Independent Study

    Literature of Forgiveness (Spring 2019)

    Women in the Avant-Garde (Spring 2019)