Meredith Benjamin

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Meredith Benjamin works on 20th and 21st century American literature, women’s writing, feminist and queer theory, life writing, and writing pedagogy. Her current project, Writing Feminism: Archives and Community Formation in U.S. Feminist Literature, explores the role of writing and engagement with archives in shaping feminist communities. She received her PhD from the English Department at the Graduate Center, CUNY, with a certificate in Women’s Studies.  She is currently a participant in the Early Career Workshop at the Center for Women's History at the New York Historical Society.

Her work has been published in Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, American Periodicals, and The Edith Wharton Review. She previously taught at Baruch College, CUNY.

In 2018, she co-organized the AALAC-funded workshop on “Writing and Critical Inquiry in the First-Year Classroom,” hosted by Barnard. 

Courses: 

First-Year Writing: Women & Culture
First-Year Writing Workshop: Women & Culture
First-Year Seminar: Feminism & the Politics of Anger

Awards & Honors: 

Gloria Anzaldúa CMAS-Benson Latin American Collection Short-Term Research Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin, 2016.

Annette Kolodny Award, Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages (MLA), 2015.

Dissertation Year Fellowship, Leon Levy Center for Biography, 2014-2015.
                                     
Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC) Knickerbocker Award for Archival Research in American Studies, CUNY Graduate Center,  2014.               

Writing Across the Curriculum Fellowship, LaGuardia Community College, 2013-2014.

Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC) Knickerbocker Award for Archival Research in American Studies, CUNY Graduate Center, 2013.  

                                 

Professional Affiliations: 

Modern Language Association (MLA)
National Women's Studies Association (NWSA)

Presentations / Recent Lectures: 

 “Theory as Performance in the Composition Classroom,” Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Annual Convention, Pittsburgh, PA: 2019.

"Turning Toward What is Difficult": Uncertainty & Feminist Pedagogy in the First-Year Writing Classroom.” on “Feminist Pedagogy and Teaching Writing” panel (Presidential Theme Session), Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention. Chicago, IL: January 2019. 

“’The Intimacy of Scrutiny’: Affect, Intimacy, and Feminist Publics in the Work of Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich,” National Women's Studies Association (NWSA). Atlanta, GA: November 2018.

“From Survival Sourcebook to Magazine: Chrysalisand its Feminist Communities,” National Women's Studies Association (NWSA). Atlanta, GA: November 2018.

“Beyond Recovery: Memory & the Archive in Contemporary Feminist Scholarship,” Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention. New York, NY: January 2018.

“A Justice Between Them”: Audre Lorde & Adrienne Rich’s Letters as Anti-Racist Praxis." National Women's Studies Association (NWSA). Baltimore, MD: November 2017.

“Feminism, Uncertainty, and Difficulty in the Writing Classroom,” The Aesthetics and Ethics of Teaching Writing, NYU. New York, NY: October 2017.

“Entering the Lives of Others”: Feminist Anthologies as Activism." American Literature Association Conference. Boston, MA: May 2017.

"Editing Women's Culture: Feminist Politics and Poetics in Chrysalis." Summoning the Archive: A Symposium on the Periodical, Printed Matter, and Digital Archiving. Institute for Public Knowledge, NYU. New York, NY: May 2017.

“'Emotional/Political Chronologies': Michelle Cliff and Cherríe Moraga’s Decolonial
Autobiographies,” National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Annual Conference 2016: Decoloniality. Montréal, Canada: November 2016.

“Representations of Women’s Sexuality in the Core Curriculum: Challenges and Strategies,” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention. Hartford, CT: March 2016.

“Performing This Bridge Called My Back,” Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention. Austin, TX: January 2016.

“An Anthology’s Archive: This Bridge Called My Back,” National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Annual Conference 2015: Precarity. Milwaukee, WI: November 2015.

“Claiming Identities: Feminists of Color and Hybrid Autobiographies,” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention. Toronto, Canada: May 2015.

"From Recovery to Reconstitution: Feminist Letters and the Archive," Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention. Toronto, Canada: May 2015.

“Adrienne Rich and the Poetics of the Archival Impulse,” American Literature Association (ALA): Symposium on American Poetry. Savannah, GA: October 2014.

“Engaging Feminism’s Archive,” Archival Research Conference, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY: September 2014.

“‘That profoundly female, and feminist, genre’: Uses of the Diary in Feminist Texts,” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention. Harrisburg, PA: April 2014.

“Never in Time: Queer Temporality in Djuna Barnes's Nightwood," Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention. Harrisburg, PA: April 2014.

“Snapshots and Shifting Pronouns: Adrienne Rich’s Poetics of Location,” Princeton Comparative Poetics Colloquium: Poetry and Social Life. Princeton, NJ: May 2013.

 

Publications: 

“Snapshots of a Feminist Poet: Adrienne Rich and the Poetics of the Archive,” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 46:7 (2017), 628-645.

“A Genre Apart: Considering Edith Wharton’s ‘The Life Apart’ in the Tradition of Women’s Diaries.” The Edith Wharton Review, 28.1 (Spring 2012): 20-31.

Contact: 

242 LeFrak, Barnard Hall
212-854-2101
mbenjami@barnard.edu

Office Hours: 

Spring 2019
TR 4-5 & by appt.

Education: 

PhD, MPhil, MA: The Graduate Center, CUNY
BA, Fordham University