Distinguished Research Professor of Romance Languages and Women's Studies, Doris Kadish received her Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University. She has written on various nineteenth century French, British and American women writers including Simone de Beauvoir, Germaine de Staël, Charlotte Brontë and Harriet Beecher Stowe as well as the Caribbean authors Maryse Condé, Gisèle Pineau, and Simone Schwartz-Bart. Her books that focus directly on women's issues are Politicizing Gender: Narrative Strategies in the Aftermath of the French Revolution (1991), Translating Slavery: Gender and Race in French Women's Writing, 1783-1823 (1994), and editions of the works of a French abolitionists, Sophie Doin and Charlotte Dard. Her current interests focus on issues of race, class, and gender in France and the French colonial societies of early nineteenth century. The University awarded Dr. Kadish the Creative Research Medal for her ongoing work on slavery and abolition in the French speaking world.
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