Jennifer Minnen

I study 19th and early 20th century British literature, with an emphasis on gender and science.  My dissertation, Plant Love: Botanizing Women Writers in the Nineteenth Century, explores the collaborative and material practices of natural history to resituate questions of authority and vocation in women’s writing, paying particular attention to female scientific community forged in and through their work.  Eschewing rigid divides between amateur and professional, text and image, science and art, I argue for a continuing line of feminist natural inquiry, a line that many scholars cut after Romanticism, but that, when traced across the nineteenth century, uproots conventional readings of gender in both science and literature.  I have taught undergraduate courses on literary history and on feminist theory at Queens College, City University of New York.  Before coming to Princeton, I also taught 9th and 10th grade English in the New York City public schools.  I hold a B.A. in Art History from Wesleyan University, and a M.A. in Teaching from Bard College.