Dr. Mary DeShazer

Professor of English


Office: C211 Tribble Hall

Phone: (336) 758-1956

Email: deshazer@wfu.edu


PhD Oregon

MA Louisville

BA Western Kentucky

Areas of Interest

Transnational Women’s Literature

Feminist Theory/Cancer Narratives

American Women Poets

Courses Taught at Wake Forest

ENG 185 – Introduction to Global Literature

ENG 340 – Women Writers in Society

ENG 344 – US Women Poets

ENG 740 – Studies in Gender and Literature

WGS 221 – Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies

WGS 321 – Gay and Lesbian Literature and Cultures

WGS 321 – The Politics of Women’s Bodies

WGS 321 – Transnational Feminisms

WST 358 – Mothers and Daughters: Literature and Theory

Selected Publications


Mammographies: The Cultural Discourses of Breast Cancer Narratives, forthcoming from University of Michigan Press, 2013.

Fractured Borders: Reading Women’s Caner Literature, University of Michigan Press, 2005.

The Longman Anthology of Women’s Literature, 2001. Allyn & Bacon/Longman Publishers

A Poetics of Resistance Women Writing in El Salvador, South Africa, and the U.S., University of Michigan Press, 1994.

Inspiring Women: Reimagining the Muse, Pergamon Press (Athene Series in Women’s Studies), 1986.

Selected Articles–

“Postmillennial Breast Cancer Photonarratives: Technologized Terrain,” in Social Semiotics, Winter 2012.

“Teaching Trilogy and Transnationalism,” in Teaching H.D.’s Trilogy, ed. A. Debo and L. Vetter (MLA 2011).

“Fractured Borders: Women’s Cancer Theater,” in Being and Becoming Visible, ed. O. Mesropova and S. Weber-Feve (Johns Hopkins UP, 2010).

“Cancer Narratives and an Ethics of Commemoration: Susan Sontag, Annie Leibovitz, David Rieff,” in Literature and Medicine, Fall 2009.

“Postapartheid Literacies: South African Women’s Poetry of Orality, Franchise, and Reconciliation,” in Women and Literacy, ed. B. Daniell and P. Mortensen (Erhlbaum 2007).

“‘Lifting Each Other Off Our Knees’: South African Women’s Poetry of Resistance, 1980-1989,” in Cold War Literature, ed. Andrew Hammond. London: Routledge 2005.

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