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Altman, Meryl, Ph.D. - Faculty Bio

Altman, Meryl, Ph.D.



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Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Asbury Hall, Room 320B
Greencastle, IN


Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Programs

Meryl Altman is Professor of English and Women's Studies at DePauw, and served for many years as Director of Women's Studies. She is currently working as DePauw's Coordinator of Interdiscipinary Work. She came to Greencastle in 1990, after teaching at William and Mary and studying at Swarthmore College and at Columbia, where she earned her Ph.D in English literature with a dissertation on modernist American poetry. She has written regularly for the Women's Review of Books, and has published articles on Djuna Barnes, H.D., Faulkner, Sappho, metaphor, and the history of sexuality, and on the topic of her current book project, Simone de Beauvoir. Other interests include feminist and queer theory, women's migrant domestic labor, and gender and sexuality in Ancient Greece. 

Recent and current courses: 

Feminist Theory

Queer Theory, Queer Lives

20th-century U.S. Literature and the Working Class

Greece and Gender: Ancient Texts and Modern Versions

Modern Poetry

Political Economy of Women

Recent publications: 

“Was Surrealism a Humanism? The Case of Michel Leiris.”  Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literature, 67:1, March 2013.

“Mission Not Accomplished,” review of On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life by Sara Ahmed (Duke, 2012). Academe, January/February 2013

 “Policy Gaps and Theory Gaps: Women and Migrant Domestic Labor,” with Kerry Pannell. Feminist Economics. Volume 18, No. 2, April 2012. (Special issue on Gender and International Migration,  guest edited by Lourdes Beneria, Carmen Diana Deere, and Naila Kabeer).

 “Necessity but [unintelligible].” Introduction to a previously unpublished manuscript fragment by Simone de Beauvoir.  The Useless Mouths and Other Literary Writings of Simone de Beauvoir, edited by Margaret A. Simons and Marybeth Timmerman,  Illinois University Press, 2011.