Dr. Erin Mitchell
Adjunct Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies
Erin Mitchell has been teaching Introduction to Gender & Women’s Studies, Feminist Frameworks, Women and Popular Culture, and Global Perspectives on Women’s Issues in the Gender & Women’s Studies Department since 1998. She received her Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University in 1996. Both her master’s thesis and her dissertation argued that Samuel Beckett’s poetry, fiction and plays often force characters to enact philosophical systems at their extreme limits, and thus stages the absurdities, gendered violence, and implosions of such systems.
Dr. Mitchell has an abiding interest in the intersections of contemporary philosophy and psychoanalysis around questions of subjectivity, and especially, in challenging constructions of “feminine” subjectivity and desire. She has published poststructuralist feminist interpretations of works by Beckett, Wilde, Coetzee, Duras, and McGuckian. She is currently working on an article on the feminist poet Eavan Boland. She likes shoes, gardening, and travel.