Faculty Directory--Abigail L. Palko

Abigail L. Palko


Abigail L. Palko
Office 325 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Phone: (574) 631-8635
E-mail apalko@nd.edu
Fax: (574) 631-2107

 


Abigail L. Palko
is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Gender Studies Program; she studied at Chestnut Hill College (BA in English and French), Rutgers University (MA in English literature), and the University of Notre Dame (PhD in Literature, minor in Gender Studies) under the direction of Maud Ellmann. She is currently working on a book project thatanalyzes nontraditional maternal representations, including tropes of rejected maternity and lesbian motherhood, in late 20th-century Irish and Caribbean novels to demonstrateways that contemporary women writers stake out an inherently political position vis-à-vis postcolonial (masculine) representations of an ideal(ized) mother in order to articulate a fuller female citizenship in the space of the new nation. Herbroader research interests include gender and sexualityin literature, motherhood studies, and the integration of neglected writers into a tradition of women’s writing. She has published articles on Maeve Brennan (New Hibernia Review, Winter 2007), Dorothy Macardle (Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Fall 2010), Elizabeth Bowen and Jean Rhys (Textual Practices, forthcoming),and Sherley Anne Williams (a chapter in Other Mothers/Other Mothering, forthcoming from Demeter Press).She teaches the Introduction to Gender Studies foundations course and a variety of electives that explore the role of gender in literature, including “Jane’s Heirs,”“Monstrous Mothers of Literature,” and “Transatlantic Odysseys/Postcolonial Masculinities: Reading Joyce and Walcott.”