Blog posts

  • Tanya Serisier’s ‘Speaking Out’

    These are some remarks written for the launch of Tanya Serisier’s brilliant new book ‘Speaking Out: Feminism, Rape, and Narrative Politics’ (Palgrave 2018). You can buy the book, or order it for your library, here.   Tanya Serisier’s book Speaking Out is the first critical study of white feminist politics around rape which explicitly situates this […]

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  • What the ‘grievance studies’ hoax is really about

    This is the Open Access (and slightly longer) version of a piece published in Times Higher Education on October 4th 2018. An article entitled ‘Academic Grievance Studies and the Corruption of Scholarship’ has recently been published in Areo Magazine. It describes what Helen Pluckrose (editor of Areo), James A. Lindsay (who has a PhD in […]

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  • Sexual harassment and violence in higher education: reckoning, co-option, backlash

    This is the text of a keynote (and the inaugural Lincoln Lecture) delivered at the British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies conference in Loughborough on June 12th 2018.  I am speaking today about sexual harassment and violence. It is difficult to speak about sexual harassment and violence; these are traumatic experiences, and survivors are subject […]

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