Contemporary Women's Popular Culture

Contributors to Chick Flicks: Contemporary Women at the Movies

Deborah Barker is an associate professor of English at the University of Mississippi. Her first book Aesthetics and Gender in American Literature: The Portrait of the Woman Artist (Bucknell University Press, 2000), delineated the aesthetic debates surrounding the fictional image of the woman artist. Her current book project, entitled The Rape of the South, explores the uses of sexual and racial violence in the cinematic South.

Carol M. Dole is professor of English at Ursinus College, where she teaches both British literature and film courses. Her publications on the portrayal of women in film include an article on female law enforcement officers in Reel Knockouts: Violent Women in the Movies (University of Texas Press, 2001). She is currently studying the evolution of film adaptation practices.

Holly Hassel is associate professor of English at University of Wisconsin-Marathon County and Chair of the UW Colleges Women's Studies Program. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2002, focusing on alcohol and gender in twentieth-century American women’s fiction. Her research and teaching interests include feminist film studies, and the scholarship of teaching and learning in literary studies. She is currently co-authoring (with Karley Adney) the Critical Companion to J.K. Rowling (Facts on File 2010).

Lisa Henderson is associate professor of communication at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she teaches media and cultural studies. She is the author of numerous essays on cultural production and sexual representation, as well as a book in progress titled Love and Money: Queers, Class, and Cultural Production.

Karen Hollinger is professor of film and literature at Armstrong Atlantic State University. She is the author of The Actress: Hollywood Acting and the Female Star (2006) and In the Company of Women: Contemporary Female Friendship Films (1998).

Myra Mendible is professor in the Humanities division at Florida Gulf Coast University, where she teaches for the English department and the Interdisciplinary Studies program. She has published articles in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including Feminist Media Studies; Genders: Innovative Work in the Arts, Humanities and Social Theories; Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction; and the Journal of American Culture. Recently, she edited the anthology, From Bananas to Buttocks: The Latina Body in Popular Culture (University of Texas Press).

Lisa Rüll is an Academic Support tutor at the University of Nottingham and has lectured in Further and Higher Education across the U.K. She completed her PhD on the art collector Peggy Guggenheim at the School of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham. Her publications include exhibition catalogues on Surrealism and contemporary art, reviews for Scope: An Online Film Journal, The European Journal of American Culture and Cercles.

Margaret Tally is associate professor of Sociology at Empire State College of the State University of New York. She is the author of Television Culture and Women’s Lives: thirtysomething and the Contradictions of Gender (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995) and has published articles in Women’s Studies, Studies in Popular Culture and Journal of Social Forces. She is currently working on a book exploring how motherhood is represented in contemporary popular films.

Maureen Turim is professor of English and film studies at the University of Florida. She is author of Abstraction in Avant-Garde Films (1989), Flashbacks in Film: Memory and History (1989), and the Films of Oshima Nagisa: Images of a Japanese Iconoclast. She has published over fifty essays in anthologies and journals on a wide range of theoretical, historical and aesthetic issues in cinema and video, art, cultural studies, feminist and psychoanalytic theory, and comparative literature. Several of these essays have appeared in translation in French and German. She has also written catalogue essays for museum exhibitions. Her current book project is entitled Desire and Its Ends: The Driving Forces of Recent Cinema, Literature, and Art.

Kate Waites is professor of English and Gender Studies at Nova Southeastern University. She has published articles on women’s life writing and images of women in popular culture in the College English Association, Auto/Biography, Literature/Film Quarterly, and The Journal of Popular Culture. She is also the author of a work of creative non-fiction, Particular Friendships: A Convent Memoir (2006).