Dr. Mary DeShazer

Professor Emeritus of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Ph.D. Oregon
M.A. Louisville
B.A. Western Kentucky

WGS Courses:

WGS 221: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
WGS 321: Gay and Lesbian Literature and Cultures
WGS 377/677: Special Topics: U.S. Women’s Poets
WGS 358: Mothers and Daughters: Literature and Theory
WGS Seminar: International Women’s Movements

Research and Teaching Interests:

Women’s Literature
Feminist Theory
American Women Poets

Selected Publications:


  • Fractured Borders: Reading Women’s Cancer Literature, University of Michigan Press, 2005
  • The Longman Anthology of Women’s Literature, 2001
  • A Poetics of Resistance Women: Writing in El Salvador, South Africa and the U.S., University of Michigan Press, 1994
  • Inspiring Women: Reimagining the Muse, Pergamon Press (Athene Series in Women’s Studies), 1986


  • “Lifting Each Other Off Our Knees: South African Women’s Poetry of Resistance, 1980-1989” in Cold War Literature, ed. Andrew Hammond. London: Routeledge 2005.
  • “Fractured Borders: Women’s Cancer Feminist Theatre,” NWSA Journal, Fall 2003
  • “‘Walls Made Out of Paper’: Witnessing Wit and How I Learned to Drive,” Women and Performance, Fall 2002
  • “Transnational Gendered Modernisms” in HOW2, center/how2 (April 2002)