Robyn Wiegman
  • Robyn Wiegman

  • Professor, Literature and Women's Studies
  • Women's Studies Program
  • Friedl Building
  • Campus Box 90670
  • Phone: (919) 684-2947
  • Fax: 919-684-3598
  • 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 former Director of the Women's Studies Program at Duke from 2001-2007. She earned her Ph.D. in American Literature at the University of Washington in 1988. She has also taught at Syracuse University, Indiana University, and the University of California, Irvine. She has published 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). Her textbook, Literature and Gender: Thinking Critically Through Poetry, Fiction, and Drama (and Teacher's Manual) appeared in 1999. She is also an editor, with Inderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan of the Duke University book series, Next Wave: New Directions in Women's Studies. Wiegman's research interests include feminist theory, queer theory, American Studies, critical race theory, and film and media studies. She is currently completing Without Guarantee, which focuses on feminism's institutionalization of feminism in the U.S. academy, and preparing for two new projects: Racial Sensations, on affect and anti-racist aesthetics, and Arguments Worth Having, which engages debates in feminist and queer theory. She was co-director of the Dartmouth Summer Institute on American Studies from 1998-2004.
  • 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.
      • 2013.
      • The Right to Look: A Counterhistory of Visuality (Nicholas Mirzoeff).
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      • R. Wiegman.
      • 2013.
      • Queer Theory Without Anti-Normativity.
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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.
      • 2013.
      • Wishful Thinking.
      • Feminist Formations
      • 25:
      • 200-211
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      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.
      • 2013.
      • The Closet, Its Conventions, and Anti-Racist Criticism.
      • Cultural Anthropology
      • 28:
      • 243-245
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      • R. Wiegman and T. Dean.
      • 2013.
      • What Does Critique Want? A Critical Exchange.
      • English Language Notes
      • 51:
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  • Teaching

    • LIT 101.01
      • GATEWAY GLOBAL CULTURAL STUDIE
      • Friedl Bdg 216
      • TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
    • LIT 690S.01
      • SPECIAL TOPICS IN LITERATURE
      • Friedl Bdg 102
      • W 11:45 AM-02:15 PM
    • LIT 892S.01
      • PUBLICATION WORKSHOP
      • Blackwell 119
      • Th 10:05 AM-12:35 PM
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