Cora Kaplan Views
Ella Dzelzainis is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature at the University of Newcastle. Cora Kaplan is Honorary Professor in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary, University of London.h She is alsoi Emeritus Professor of English at Southampton University.
Last year she co-organized three major conferences, of which the first, ‘Imagining Transatlantic Slavery’, took place at Chawton House Library in Hampshire, March 15-17, 2007. The second, ‘Harriet Martineau: Subjects and Subjectivities’, April 21, 2006 was co-sponsored by Birkbeck and Queen Mary. With Bill Schwarz from Queen Mary she organized ‘James Baldwin: Work, Life, Legacies’ a three-day international event to mark the 20th anniversary of Baldwin’s death, with funding from the Ford Foundation, ACE, and the British Academy. Edited collections from all three of these events are in progress. Cora Kaplan has served on the Editorial Board of the PMLA, and is a founder member of the editorial board of the journal New Formations.
SOURCE: Kaplan, Cora. “Pandora’s Box: Subjectivity, Class and Sexuality in Socialist Feminist Criticism.” In Making a Difference: Feminist Literary Criticism, edited by Gayle Greene and Coppelia Kahn, pp. 146-76. London: Methuen, 1985.In the following excerpt, Kaplan considers Wollstonecraft as an early feminist author whose conceptions of female subjectivity and potential continue to have currency in modern discussions of women as mothers, lovers, and political actors. Kaplan examines A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and contends that Wollstonecraft’s writing—despite its still-limited sense of women’s potential—is central to formulating a modern socialist feminism that also accepts women as maternal, erotic, or simply feeling beings. Feminist criticism, as its name implies, is criticism with a Cause, engaged criticism. But the critical model presented to us...
Cora Kaplan is visiting professor in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary, University of London, and emerita professor of English at the University of Southampton. A feminist cultural critic with a focus on class and gender from the 19th century forward, she counts among her works Sea Changes: Essays in Culture and Feminism (1986) and Genders (with David Glover, 2000). Her most recent book is Victoriana: Histories, Fictions, Criticism (Edinburgh UP and Columbia UP, 2007). Professor Kaplan is a general editor of a forthcoming 10 volume series from Palgrave Macmillan, The History of British Women's Writing. In January 2006, she edited a special issue on Class for PMLA, and is currently at work on two book length projects: one on the representation of class and race under New Labour, The Death of the Working-Class Hero, and the other entitled Giant Propensities: Racial Thinking in Victorian Britian.