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Jill Richards

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Professional Statement

My dissertation project, "Fire-Starters: Women's Rights, Human Rights, and the International Avant-Gardes," explores the intersection of radical women’s movements, early forms of socialism, and aesthetic experiments that imagined themselves in the service of revolution. Moving from the military trials of the pétroleuse to queer resistance cells active during World War II, the dissertation argues that women's rights movements and the avant-gardes offered one another a conceptual language to re-imagine subjects exceptional to the "rights of man and citizen." These dialogues, the dissertation argues, present a radical alternative to liberal human rights discourses in formation at the same historical moment, one that re-imagines citizenship beyond the institutions of the nation-state. A second book project considers the ways that international austerity measures beginning in the 1970’s have affected the historical and aesthetic category of another seeming exception to the “rights of man”: the adolescent. Published or forthcoming articles can be found in Camera Obscura, Journal of Modern Literature, Victorian Poetry, The Volta, and The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism.


Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

“Model Citizens and Millenarian Subjects: Vorticism, Suffrage, and the Great Unrest,” Journal of Modern Literature (forthcoming, Spring 2014)

Berlin Alexanderplatz’s Serial Women,” Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (28:3, 2013)

“Otto Weineger,” “New Woman,” “Emmeline Pankhurst,” Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, ed. Stephen Ross et al. (New York: Routledge, forthcoming)

“Serializing the Political Spectrum: Post-9/11 Television, from Left to Right,” Serial Television’s World and Time, ed. Linda Williams (solicited contribution, completed; collection under review at Duke University Press)

“On Avant-Gardes and Hopeless Places,” with Chris Nealon, Juliana Spahr, Joshua Clover, Seeta Changanti, Tim Kreiner, Jasper Bernes, The Volta: Evening Will Come, Issue 29 (2013)

“Communiqués from Montreal,” (French translation) Reclamations Blog, Summer 2012

“The History of Error’: Hardy’s Critics and the Self Unseen,” Victorian Poetry, 2007

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