Frances Bartkowski

Frances Bartkowski


franb [at]



Office Location

360 Dr. Martin L. King Blvd.
Hill Hall 515
Newark, New Jersey 07102

Office Hours

By Appointment

She regularly teaches courses in feminist theory, literature and criticism. Her courses include memoir and autobiography, travel writing, utopian fiction, 20th century American and European novels. Recently she has taught courses on The Novel of Toni Morrison, The Post 9/11 Novel; Humans and Other Animals; Gender, Race and the Holocaust.

Courses Taught

Graduate English/Women’s and Gender Studies

                        Feminist Theory/Queer Theory

                        Gender, Race and the Holocaust

                        Post-War European Novel

                        History of Feminist Thought

                        Introduction to Graduate Literary Study

                        Feminist Literary Criticism

                        Psychoanalysis and Feminism

                        Thinking Gender/Writing Feminism

Undergraduate English

                        Humans and Other Animals

                        Post 9/11 Novel in America

                        Contemporary Women Writers

                        Margaret Atwood and Toni Morrison

                        Toni Morrison and Philip Roth

                        Edith Wharton and Willa Cather

                        Feminist Utopian Writing

                        The Novel in America

                        Fictions of Gender

                        Immigrant Autobiographies

                        Cultural Confrontations

                        English 102

                        20th Century US Autobiographies

                        Women's Autobiographies

                        Women in Literature

Women’s Studies

                        Politics of Sexuality                

                        Feminist Theory

                        Introduction to Women's Studies

Research Initiatives

Kissing Cousins: Kinship at Century's Turn (book project)

An Afterlife: Memoir in Prose and Verse




ethnic fiction


Ph.D.              University of Iowa; Comparative Literature, 1982

M.A.                University of Iowa; Comparative Literature, 1978

M.L.S.             University of Southern California, Library Science,1972

Diplôme        Université de Caen, France; Etudes supérieures, 1968

B.A.                 Montclair State College, NJ; French/English; 1969


Feminist Utopias, her first book, appeared in 1989 from University of Nebraska Press; Travelers, Immigrants, Inmates: Essays in Estrangement was published in 1995 by University of Minnesota Press; and Kissing Cousins: A New Kinship Bestiary came out in 2008 from Columbia University press; Her textbook, Feminist Theory: A Reader, co-edited with Wendy Kolmar of Drew University is scheduled for a 4th edition from McGraw-hill. She has published articles in Boundary 2, differences. She has also published essays in Tikkun, The New York Times. She Occasionally publishes poems, and is currently working on a novel, An Afterlife. Most recently she has been writing about the representation of animals in the visual arts; she is a member of the Animal Studies Group at NYU.

Associated Programs

Fran was Director of Women's and Gender Studies from 1989-2002. She remains involved as an affiliate member of the program. Fran also works closely with students in the American Studies graduate program, and is an affiliate member of the African and African-American Studies Department.