Dorothy Woodman, PhD

Associate Lecturer, Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Dept

Pronouns: she/her

Contact

Associate Lecturer, Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Dept
Email
dwoodman@ualberta.ca

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

graphic literature cancer in literature body politics intersectionality theory


About

APPOINTMENT

Adjunct Academic Colleague in Women's and Gender Studies (as of Sept 1, 2022)

SELECTED EDUCATION

Ph. D. (2012) 

Department of English and Film Studies, 

University of Alberta, Edmonton 


Visiting Research Student 

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 

January – April 2009 


Participant 

School of Criticism and Theory 

Cornell University, Ithaca NY

Summer 2007


ACADEMIC GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS and PRIZES

2014-2015

•Undergraduate Research Initiative Support Fund for

 Two Women’s and Gender Studies Poster Exhibitions 

(Rutherford Library Galleria; Nov. 24, 2014-January 5, 2015; March 31-April 30, 2015)


2013-2014

•Gold Humanism Foundation Grant for 

University of Alberta English/Medicine Reading Group

(Sept 2013-April 2014)


2008-09

•Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral Level 

University of Alberta

•Research Abroad Travel Grant 

University of Alberta


2006-2008

•Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council 

Government of Canada, 2006 to 2008

•Walter H. Johns Graduate Fellowship 

Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, 2007 and 2006

•Sarah Nettie Christie Graduate Award 

Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, 2007

•Mary Louise Imrie Graduate Student Award 

Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, 2007

•Sarah Nettie Christie Travel Bursary 

Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, 2007

•Professional Development Grant 

  Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, 2007



Research

Research Areas: 

•Neoliberalism, Marxist theory, gender theory, disability theory

•Intersections of race, gender, and illness 

•Bodies and subjectivities in Marvel’s superheroes 

•      Science and gender 

•      Science and poetics in contemporary poetry

•      COORDINATES Sub-Committee “Study of Gender in International Research Collaboration”


Select Publications:

Publication in progress:

·      The Cancer Plot: Terminal Immortality in Marvel’s Moral Universe. Co-author: Reginald Wiebe. Forthcoming with the University of Alberta Press. Forthcoming 2023.

Publications (2014 to present):

·      “Getting Hammered by Cancer: ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Re-examines the Hero’s Journey” The Conversation (Canada). 21 July 2022. With Reginald Wiebe. https://theconversation.com/getting-hammered-by-cancer-thor-love-and-thunder-re-examines-the-heros-journey-186450 .

·      “When the Phallus is a ‘Dick’: The Cultural/Material Turn to Breasts.” The Routledge Companion to Gender, Sexuality and Culture. Sept. 2022. Co-authored with Reisa Klein.

·      Reimaging Breasts. Special Edition for Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, vol. 11, no. 1 (2020). Co-editor with Reisa Klein and Gabrielle Siegers.

·      “Erotic. Maternal. Cultural. Symbolic. Medical. What are breasts? How are they imagined? And who gets to decide?”Introduction to Special Edition for Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, vol. 11, no. 1 (2020). Co-written with Reisa Klein and Gabrielle Siegers.

·     “Still Life.” Photograph-Essay on Breast Prosthetics. For Imaginations: Journal of Cross- Cultural Image Studies, vol. 11, no. 1 (2020). With Aloys Fleishmann. Article doi: 10.17742/IMAGE.BR.11.1.10. 

·     “Breasts as Analytic Frameworks.” Podcast for Imaginations: Journal of Cross- Cultural Image Studies, vol. 11, no. 1 (2020). With Gabrielle Siegers and Reisa Klein. DOI: 10.17742/IMAGE.BR.11.1.13

·     Participant in “Scarred but not Forgotten: Mastectomy Tattoos as Digital Feminist Activism.” Podcast by Reisa Klein. For Imaginations: Journal of Cross- Cultural Image Studies, vol. 11, no. 1 (2020).  Other participant: Gabrielle Siegers. DOI: 10.17742/IMAGE.BR.11.1.13

·     Participant in “γδ T cells, breast cancer research and fragmented bodies. Podcast by Gabrielle Siegers. for Imaginations: Journal of Cross- Cultural Image Studies, vol. 11, no. 1 (2020). DOI: 10.17742/IMAGE.BR.11.1.12

·      Book Review on Chris Lezotte Power Under Her Foot: Women Enthusiasts of American Muscle Cars for The Independent Scholar, 2019. 

·       “Enhancing Learning Cultures Through Inter-Disciplinarity: A Reading Group Pilot Project for Medicine and English Studies.” Keeping Reflection Fresh. Literature and Medicine Series. Eds. Allan Peterkin and Pamela Brett-MacLean. Kent State UP, 2016, pp. 15-18. With Tamar Rubin.

·      Book Review on Hatim Kanaaneh’s Chief Complaint: A Country Doctor’s Tales of Life in Galilee for the University of Durham’s Centre for Medical Humanities. On-line. 2015. 

·      “Beauty Ideals, 20th-21st Centuries.” The Cultural Encyclopedia of the Breast. Ed. Merril Smith. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. 

·      “Reconstructive Surgery.” The Cultural Encyclopedia of the Breast. Ed. Merril Smith. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. 





Teaching

Instruction Experiences and Investments: 

•English within a professional context: classes for Engineering and Nursing students

•Syllabi covering global literature and literary analysis; medical themes; writings in science and humanities; topics in gender and sexuality, race and class; postcolonial theory; feminist theory

•Community-based learning with classroom experience (in Women’s and Gender Studies and in English and Film Studies)

•Student assignments on cultural studies topics, close reading analytics, reflection papers, group presentations with audiovisual materials, and conference posters for campus exhibitions

•Specialized student assignments on project proposals and research (for Engineering students) and reflective and interpretive assignments (for Nursing students)

•Readings and discussions by local authors, film screenings, and TEDtalks

•Classroom technologies such as eclass, internet, and film

•Team teaching and principle instruction 


COURSES TAUGHT:

University of Alberta, Department of English and Film Studies:

ENGL 308: Aboriginal/Indigenous Literature: Intellectual Traditions (W2019), ENGL 220: Gender and Sexuality, ENGL 209: Making Readers: Medical Narratives, ENGL  124: Literary Analysis, ENGL 123: Literature in Global Perspective, ENGL 121: Literature in Historical Perspective, ENGL 108: Language and Literature (Medical Narratives for Nursing Students); ENGL 103: Case Studies in Research: Medical Narratives; Graphic Literature (W2022) ENGL 102: Critical Analysis (most recent, W2022). 

University of Alberta, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies:

WGS 401: Directed Reading on Intersectionality and Multicultural Senior Centre, WGS 250: Gender and Science (2021); WGS 298: Critical Issues Special Topics: Breasts (various); WGS 298 Critical Issues Special Topics: Comics (2017); WGS 201: Introduction to Women’s Studies (various); WGS 101: Representation of Girls and Women (SP and F 2021; online). 

Courses

ENGL 102 - Introduction to Critical Analysis

Introduces methods of critical analysis through a range of literature written in English, broadly conceived, from different historical periods and cultural locations. Not to be taken by students with *6 in approved junior English.


ENGL 103 - Case Studies in Research

This variable content course introduces methods of literary research as an in-depth process through one or more case studies. Not to be taken by students with *6 in approved junior English. This course can only be taken once for credit. Note: refer to the Class Schedule and the Department of English and Film Studies website for specific topics.


ENGL 199 - English for Engineering Students

This course aims to develop the student's ability to provide effective written and oral information. It will focus on instruction in fundamental writing skills, including building effective sentences and paragraphs, and on learning to communicate clearly across a range of genres and media used in academic and professional contexts, including correspondence and presentations. Students will be introduced to the principles of information gathering, analysis, and citation. Note: Restricted to students in the Faculty of Engineering only.


ENGL 465 - Studies in Gender and Sexualities

Prerequisites: *6 of junior English or *3 of junior English plus WRS 101; and *12 of senior-level English, *6 of which must be at the 300 level. Note: variable content course which may be repeated.


WGS 250 - Gender and Science

Interdisciplinary exploration of gender and science, with an emphasis on intersections of gender, race, sexuality, and politics in historical and contemporary scientific practices. Note: Not open to students with credit in W ST 350 or WGS 350.


Browse more courses taught by Dorothy Woodman

Publications

"Reimaging Breasts" Special Edition for Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image

Author(s): Co-editor with Drs. Reisa Klein and Gabrielle Siegers.
Publication Date: 5/30/2020
Publication: Toronto: York University
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: n/a
External Link: http://imaginations.glendon.yorku.ca/?p=9892

Photograph-Essay on Breast Prosthetics

Author(s): Co-authored with Aloys Fleishmann
Publication Date: 5/30/2020
Publication: Toronto: York UP
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: n/a
External Link: http://imaginations.glendon.yorku.ca/?p=13029

Enhancing Learning Cultures Through Inter-Disciplinarity: A Reading Group Pilot Project for Medicine and English Studies.

Author(s): Co-authored with Tamar Rubin
Publication Date: 5/25/2016
Publication: Kent State UP
Page Numbers: 15-18

• “Beauty Ideals, 20th-21st Centuries.”

Author(s): Dorothy Woodman
Publication: The Cultural Encyclopedia of the Breast

• “Enfolding Citizenship: Fascist Visions and Grazia Deledda’s The Church of Solitude.”

Author(s): Dorothy Woodman
Publication: Narratives of Citizenship: Reading the Cultural Production of Indigenous and Diasporic Peoples