Faculty Colloquium Series: Marian Eide

“Modernist Magdalenes and Spinster Sisters”

Tuesday, 6 February 2018, 4-5 p.m.
Glasscock Center Library, 311 Glasscock Building
The paper is available to members of the Center’s listserv, or by contacting the Glasscock Center by phone at (979) 845-8328 or by e-mail at glasscock@tamu.edu.

Marian Eide |Associate Professor, Department of English, 2017-2018 Glasscock Faculty Research Fellow

Marian Eide is an Associate Professor of English and affiliate faculty with Women’s & Gender Studies.  She is the author of Ethical Joyce (Cambridge, 2002) as well as a dozen articles on twentieth-century literature, ethics, and feminist theory.  Her next book, After Combat, a collection of narratives from veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is forthcoming from Potomac Books in 2018.  She is completing a book manuscript on violence and aesthetics and beginning a new project on unmarried women of the early twentieth century tentatively titled “Modernist Magdalenes and Spinster Sisters.”


This project presents a counter-narrative for the spinster, aiming to correct a prevalent, reviled image of unmarried women specifically in the Modernist period between 1885 and 1945 when transatlantic political reform made independent living more widely available to women in the across the English-speaking world. Literatures of this period both reflect on and produce imagined lives for single women. Considering the nonnormative sexual and social worlds of economically independent women, serial monogamists, “fallen” women, celibates, lesbians, and “failed” heterosexuals, all of whom appear as spinsters in modernist fiction, allows readers a subtler understanding of women’s thought and experience during a transitional period in gender history.

The Faculty Colloquium offers faculty an opportunity to discuss a work-in-progress with colleagues from different disciplines. By long-standing practice, colloquium presenters provide a draft of their current research, which is made available to members of the Glasscock Center listserv. Each colloquium begins with the presenter’s short (10-15 minute) exposition of the project, after which the floor is open for comments and queries. The format is by design informal, conversational, and interdisciplinary.

The Glasscock Center extends a warm invitation to faculty and students to join in a discussion of Professor Eide’s work-in-progress. The paper is available to members of the Center’s listserv, or by contacting the Glasscock Center by phone at (979) 845-8328 or by e-mail at glasscock@tamu.edu. To join the Center’s listserv and receive regular notices of colloquia and other events, please register at http://bit.ly/2xn65yR.