Victoria Hesford


My research can be situated at the intersection of the interdisciplinary fields of American studies, feminist cultural studies, and queer studies, and focuses on how, and to what effect, political projects and movements are mediated through mass culture in twentieth and twenty-first century American culture. In particular, I look at how mass culture provides fantasies of collectivity and modes of belonging for feminist and queer political movements in the postwar era. In my forthcoming book, Feeling Women’s Liberation (Duke University Press, 2013), I offer a critical history of the rhetorical production of the women’s liberation movement in the U.S. in and around 1970 in order to track the emotional economies that shaped the movement’s political constituency and enacted its political goals and claims. In my next project, I move more decisively into the 1970s, focusing on the representation of feminism in various forms of mass culture in order to explore a shift in the cultural logic and appeal of “women” as a political category in the postcolonial/ post cold war era. In a related and ongoing project, I engage with the work of the American suspense writer, Patricia Highsmith, in order to open up the problematics of queerness as a fantasy space of anti-normativity and political resistance in the late twentieth century. What I am most interested in, then, is thinking about how mass culture does not simply influence or constrain politics, but actually makes possible new political subjects and new forms of political protest, complicity, and resistance.


Call for Papers: Experience, Echo, Event: Theorizing Feminist Histories. A special issue for Feminist Theory. Editors: Lisa Diedrich and Victoria Hesford


Feminist Time Against Nation Time



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Graduate Student Colloquium

 26 March 2014 

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Marvels & Monsters: A Symposium on Asian Images in Comics and Graphic Narratives

23 April 2014

 Q/F/T Inaugural Lecture, Heather Love " Queer Method and the Postwar History of Sexuality Studies"

23 April 2014 


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Brooke Belisle, a 2013 New Faculty Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies will join the department next year. "Click here for more information"

New MA/PhD in Women's and Gender Studies

The Department is pleased to announce that the new MA/PhD program in Women's and Gender Studies has received official certification.  "Click here for more information"


Raiford Guins new book "Game After" will be published in February 2014 with MIT Press.

Victoria Hesford's new book "Feeling Women's Liberation" was published with Duke University Press in June.


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February 2014

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