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Marguerite Waller

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Marguerite Waller

Professor, Italian/Comparative Literature
Chair, Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Yale University.

Marguerite Waller’s interests include film and media, Renaissance comparative literature, transnational feminism, and globalization. Her articles on Dante, Petrarch, Wyatt, Surrey, Shakespeare, Italian and Hungarian film, new media, border art, performance,and theory, globalization, and transnational feminist dialogue are widely published. She is the author of Petrarch’s Poetics and Literary History (1980) and co-editor of Federico Fellini: Contemporary Perspectives (2002). Over the course of three co-edited volumes—Frontline Feminisms: Women, War, and Resistance (2000), Dialogue and Difference: Feminisms Challenge Globalization (2005), The Wages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Resistance, and Women’s Poverty (2007), and a special of Social Identities, she has been committed to facilitating communication and collaboration among feminist projects around the world. She has co-organized three international feminist conferences at U.C. Riverside, and convened a transnational feminist Resident Research Project at the University of California Humanities Research Institute.

Her teaching interests include feminist discourses, human rights, peace studies, film and media studies, critical theory, and Dante’s Commedia. She is also a firm believer in study abroad. She did graduate work in Italy on a Fulbright Fellowship and has held two Fulbright professorships, one in France and the other in Hungary. In 2007-08 she served as Director of the U.C. Rome Study Center. In the early nineties, she was a member of the women’s art-making collective Las Comadres, active in the San Diego/Tijuana border region.

Professor Waller’s current research focuses on transnational and postcolonial filmmaking, human rights and sovereignty, and Dante’s Commedia. Recent publications include:

Awards: 

  • Center for Ideas and Society, scholar in residence, Spring 2002.
  • University of California Humanities Research Institute, resident research in "Crossing Feminisims: Using Difference" 1999.
  • Fulbright Professorship in Budapest, Hungary, 1993

 Books

  • Petrarch’s Poetics and Literary History. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1980.          
  • Frontline Feminisms: Women, War, and Resistance, co-edited with Jennifer Rycenga. New York and London: Routledge, 2001.
  • Dialogue and Difference: Feminisms Challenge Globalization, co-edited with Sylvia Marcos. New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. Translated into Turkish as Farlilik ve Diyalog: Feminiszmier Kuresellesmaye Meydan Okuyo. Istanbul, Turkey: Chiviyazilari-(Nemesis Kitapligi), 2006.Translated into Spanish as Dialogo y Diferencia: Retos Feministas a la Globalizacion. Mexico: CEIICH-UNAM, 2008.
  • The Wages of Empire: Neoliberal Policy, Repression, and Women’s Poverty. Co-edited with Amalia Cabezas and Ellen Reese. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Press, 2007.
  • Postcolonial Cinema Studies. Co-edited with Sandra Ponzanesi. New York and London: Routledge, 2012.

Special Issue: 

  • Social Identities, co-edited with Amalia Cabezas and Ellen Reese. Issue Topic: “Emerging Subjects of Neoliberal Globalization,” Vol. 12, No. 5, September 2006.

 Recent Articles and Book Chapters: 

  • “One Voice Kills Both Our Voices: “First World” Feminism and Transcultural Feminist Engagement” in Dialogue and Difference: Feminisms Challenge Globalization, edited with Sylvia Marcos. New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
  • “Conversation on Feminist Imperialism and the Politics of Difference.” Co-authored with Shu-mei Shih, Sylvia Marcos, Obioma Nnaemeka. In Dialogue and Difference: Feminisms Challenge Globalization.
  • “Introduction.” Co-authored with Sylvia Marcos. In Dialogue and Difference: Feminisms Challenge Globalization. Edited with Sylvia Marcos. New York and London: Palgrave, 2005.
  • “Epistemologies of Engagement.” College Literature. 32.3 Summer, 2005.
  • “What’s In Your Head: Ibolya Fekete’s Bolse vita and Ghetto Art’s Making the Walls Come Down.” In East and Central European Cinemas in New Perspectives. Routledge, 2005.
  • “Addicted to Virtue: The Globalization Policy-Maker.” In Social Identities. Special issue on “Emerging Subjects of Neoliberal Globalization,” Vol. 12, No. 5, September 2006. Reprinted in Asking We Walk: the south as new political imaginary. ed. Corinne Kumar, Bangalore, India: Streelekha Publications, 2007.
  • “Introduction,” Co-authored with Amalia Cabezas and Ellen Reese. Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture. Special Issue on “Emerging Subjects of Neoliberal Globalization,” Vol. 12, No. 5, September 2006.
  • “Introduction,” co-authored with Amazlia Cabezas and Ellen Reese. The Wages of Empire: Neoliberal Policty, Repression, and Women’s Poverty. Boulder Colorado: Paradigm Press, 2007.
  • “The Abjection of Patriarchy: Ibolya Fekete’s Chico and the Transnational Feminist Imaginary.” In Transnational Feminism in Film and Media. Ed. Katarzyna Marciniak, Aniko Imre, and Aine O'Healy. New York and London: Palgrave Macmillian, 2007.
  • “Is It a War Crime? Sex Trafficking and Forced Prostitution in Post-Conflict Bosnia and Kosovo/a, in Mulheres em conflito: presences e ausencias. Ed. Barbara Kristensen, Joam Evans Pim, Oscar Crespo Argibay. Observatorio sobre Mulher e Conflitos Armados. Santiago de Compostela, Galiza. Torculo Artes Graficas S.A. 2007.
  •  “Vertigo in the Balkans: Karin Jurschick’s “The Peacekeepers and the Women.” In Visions of Struggle in Women’s Filmmaking in the Mediterranean. Ed. Flavia Laviosa. New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming 2010). 
  • "The Postcolonial Circus: Maurizio Nichetti's Luna e l'altra.  In Postcolonial Cinema Studies, ed. Sandra Ponzanesi and Marguerite Waller. New York and London: Routledge, 2012. Translated and reprinted as “Il circo postcoloniale: Luna e l’altra di Mauricio Nichetti” (translated by Nicoletta Da Ros) in Incontri Cinematografici e culturali tra due mondi. Edited by Antonio C. Vitti.  Pesaro, Italy: Metauro 2012.
  • "Introduction" with Sandra Ponzanesi. In Postcolonial Cinema Studies, ed. Sandra Ponzanesi and Marguerite Waller. New York and London: Routledge, 2012.
  • "Postface: On teaching postcolonialism and cinema: an interview with Priya Jaikumar" in Postcolonial Cinema Studies, ed. Sandra Ponzanesi and Marguerite Waller. New York and London: Routledge, 2012.
  • "Sexualities and Knowledges in Purgatorio XXVI and Inferno V.”  In Desire in Dante and the Middle Ages, ed. Manuele Gragnolati, Elena Lombardi, Tristan Kay, and Francesca Southerden. Leeds, London, Boston, Philadelphia: Modern Humanities Research Association in association with Maney Publishing, 2012.
  • “From cinema politico to social media: Sabina Guzzanti’s Draquila, l’Italia che trema.” Luci e ombre, Special issue on contemporary Italian cinema.  May-June 2013. Available at www.revistalucieombre.com.
  • “Missing Fellini: An American Fascination” in Italian Journal, Volume 20, Number IX, 2013.
  • “Migrating Sovereignties and Mirror States.” In Gender, Globalization and Violence: Postcolonial Conflict Zones, ed. Sandra Ponzanesi. New York: Routledge, 2014). Reprinted on DiVA, on-line Swedish Academic Archive, 2014.
  • “Immigrant Protest and the Courts of Women.” In Immigrant Protest: Politics, Aesthetics, and Everyday Dissent, ed. Katarzyna Marciniak and Imogen Tyler. Albany, N.Y.: SUNY Press, 2014).
  • “Intertextual Images and Political Imaginaries: Fellini/ Nichetti.” In TEORIAS DA IMAGEM E DO IMAGINÁRIO/ Theories of Image and Imaginary. ebook published by Compós (National Association of Post Graduate Programs in Communication): www.compos.org.br. 2014.

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