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Jessica Mason McFadden

Teaching Assistant
Women, Literature and Madness; Feminist and Queer Theory; Queer Pedagogy; Creative Writing
B.A., Western Illinois University, 2006; M.A., Western Illinois University, 2014

Email j-mason-mcfadden@wiu.edu
Office 343 Simpkins Hall: 309-298-2815
Office hours T 8:15-9:15 (SP14)

My research interests vary, but some include feminist fiction and queer art as resistance, constructive intersections between identity and language, literary identity defiance and deconstruction, queer theory, and pedagogies that subvert the normative state of the classroom. I consider the theatrical and creative as pervasive forces in my academic work, and seek to stretch beyond the institutional norms and labels that define the academic genre. In accordance, I consider the classroom, and everything else, a stage in and on which intersections between philosophical, theoretical and practiced (especially kitschy and campy) acts are collaboratively produced. Integrated into my academic work are my personal endeavors: I am committed to and engaged in the "creative act" of writing with political consciousness. My daughters and their other mother, my life-cohort and favorite scientist, are my choice players.