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Janice Radway to offer 2014 Richard W. Gunn Lecture

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Department of English is bringing acclaimed scholar Janice Radway to campus to offer this year’s Richard W. Gunn Memorial Lecture, “Riot Grrrl History, Underground Itineraries, and Girl Zine Networks: Unruly Subjects in the 1990s and Beyond.”

Radway will speak from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Malott Room in the Kansas Union. The event is free and open to the public. 

Author of the enormously influential "Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy and Popular Literature," Radway’s recent work examines women’s experience of literacy in the history of reading and literary print culture in the United States. Her lecture will draw from her forthcoming book on girl zines in the 1990s, with a particular focus on what has happened to their authors subsequently: Where are they now? What occupations did they choose? What are the extent and nature of their present social commitments?

This work is part of her larger scholarly interest to investigate how women are “discursively constituted at the intersection between consumption and production.”

Radway is the Walter Dill Scott Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. Before her appointment at Northwestern, Radway taught at Duke University, where she served as chair of the literature department. She has also served as president of the American Studies Association.

For more information about the lecture, contact Frank Farmer, professor of English, at farmerf@ku.edu.