Barbara Waxman Honored with Women's and Gender Studies Award

Barbara Waxman, Professor of English

Thursday, May 02, 2013

The Women’s Studies and Resource Center at UNCW is pleased to announce the 2013 Janet Mason Ellerby Women’s and Gender Studies Scholarly Award recipient is Barbara Waxman, Professor of English. 

The award is given annually in recognition of Ellerby’s significant contributions to feminist scholarship and activism. This year’s award called for nominations for distinguished scholars, an associate or full professor whose research and teaching interests intersect with the field of Women’s and Gender Studies.

Waxman is in her 30th year of service at UNCW. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in English from City University of New York and a B.A. from Douglass College (Rutgers University). Her teaching interests include courses on Victorian literature, George Eliot, writing about literature with literary theories, literature by women, and multicultural American literature, especially Latino and Latina writers, as well as autobiography of the cross-cultural/translingual experience.

She has served on numerous boards and committees, participated as lecturer the CAS College Day events and numerous OLLI talks over the years. She most recently published on ageism, food memoirs and the the writings of Eva Hoffman.  Her major publications include To Live in the Center of the Moment: Literary Autobiographies of Aging (1997), Multicultural Literatures through Feminist/Poststructuralist Lenses (1993), and From the Hearth to the Open Road: A Feminist Study of Aging in Contemporary Literature (1990). She regularly reviews essays for such top-tier journals as PMLA, College English and College Literature, as well as manuscripts for university presses.

Don Bushman, chair of the UNCW Department of English, wrote of Waxman, “[She] sees such work as an opportunity to share her vast knowledge of women’s writing and women’s issues with others in the field.”

Professor Waxman will be honored at the Purple and Lavender Celebration on May 9.