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Jennifer Cognard-Black

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English / Women, Gender, and Sexuality

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Phone: 240-895-4233

Areas of expertise: Food Literature, Food Studies/Food Sustainability, Women and Gender Studies/Feminism, Women Writers, Sexual Assault and Harassment, Victorian Literature and Culture, Victorian Monsters and Monstrosity, Victorian Visuality, American Short Fiction, Fiction Writing

Bio: Jennifer Cognard-Black, Professor of English, received her B.A. in English and music from Nebraska Wesleyan University, her M.A. in fiction writing from Iowa State University, and her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in nineteenth-century literature and feminist theory. Cognard-Black's specialties are Anglo-American women novelists, fiction writing, Victorian literature, and the literatures of food. A Fulbright scholar to Slovenia as well as the recipient of a Norton T. Dodge Award for Creative and Scholarly Achievement, Cognard-Black’s books include _Narrative in the Professional Age_ (Routledge 2004); _Kindred Hands_ (Iowa UP 2006); Advancing Rhetoric (Kendall/Hunt 2006); and _Books that Cook: The Making of Literary Meal_ (NYUP 2014). In addition, she has published on intersections of food and feminism in _Ms._ magazine, _Feminist Studies_, and _College English_. Yet Cognard-Black's interests also encompass images of women in popular culture (she is a member of the _Ms._ Magazine Committee of Scholars as well as the Reviews Editor for _Literary Mama_); Shakespeare and consumption (she offers a summer study tour to Stratford-upon-Avon, “Billy’s Kitchen,” every other summer); writing theory and practice; Victorian visuality; and theories of monstrosity. In addition, Cognard-Black also publishes short fiction under the pseudonym J. Annie MacLeod. The recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council grant for fiction, two of her stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her work has appeared in a number of journals, including _Another Chicago Magazine_, _The Cream City Review_, _So To Speak_, _Roanoke Review_, _Versal_, _PoemMemoirStory_ and _The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction_, among others. Her latest project is a co-edited anthology of creative non-fiction essays on women and their machines, _From Curlers to Chainsaws_, which is under contract with Michigan State University Press.

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