Society of Scholars
The Society of Scholars is an intellectual community of humanists of diverse generations, academic ranks, and departmental affiliations who contribute to and learn from one another’s work. Each year, approximately eight faculty and three dissertation research fellowships support members of the Society of Scholars. Scholars in year-long residence at the University of Washington may be invited to participate as well. The group meets biweekly throughout the year to discuss their research in progress.
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2022 - 2023 Society of Scholars
2022 - 2023 Society of Scholars Fellow
Leah Rubinsky (she/her/hers)
Gender and Sexuality, Caribbean Literature, Latin American Literature, Race, Motherhood, Migration, Feminist Geographies
This dissertation explores how contemporary circum-Caribbean women’s fiction shifts ideas of motherhood, narrating mothering in ways that complicate place and nation. Examining literary representations of subversive mothering across a mini-canon of Colombian and Caribbean novels, this project argues that, in situating subversive mothering in marginal, liminal spaces (woods, dreams, memory) the authors articulate mothering as acts occurring not in or for but across nations, opening up space in the literary imagination for grappling with histories of colonialism and displacement.