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Witnessing Girlhood

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Witnessing Girlhood

By: Leigh Gilmore and Elizabeth Marshall


Podcast Interview

In this episode, authors Leigh Gilmore and Elizabeth Marshall are interviewed by Dr. Hannah McGregor on their book Witnessing Girlhood: Toward an Intersectional Tradition of Life Writing. McGregor is assistant professor of Publishing at Simon Fraser University and the host and producer of the podcast Secret Feminist Agenda. This interview originally aired on Simon Fraser University's Research Hub at the Faculty of Education, Spotlight Series. To see the original, go here. You can listen to other episodes of the SHCY podcast by visiting the podcast website, or you can subscribe on Google Play and iTunes. 


Leigh GilmoreAbout Leigh Gilmore

Leigh Gilmore is the author of Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives, winner of a 2018 Choice Outstanding Academic Title award. With Elizabeth Marshall, she is the co-author of Witnessing Girlhood: Toward an Intersectional Tradition of Life Writing (2019). A scholar of life writing and feminist theory, she is the author of the groundbreaking books, The Limits of Autobiography: Trauma and Testimony (2001) and Autobiographics: A Feminist Theory of Women’s Self-Representation (1994) and co-editor of Autobiography and Postmodernism (1994). Her research appears in scholarly journals, including SIGNSFeminist StudiesWomen’s Studies QuarterlyBiography, and Profession, and in numerous edited collections. She has been Professor of English at The Ohio State University, Dorothy Cruikshank Backstrand Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies at Scripps College, and has held visiting appointments at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, Northeastern University, Harvard Divinity School, Brown University, and Wellesley College. She writes for The Conversation and WBUR’s Cognoscenti and appears frequently as an analyst of the #MeToo movement. She is currently writing a book on the #MeToo movement.


About Elizabeth MarshallElizabeth Marshall

Elizabeth Marshall is associate professor of Education at Simon Fraser University, where she teaches courses on children’s literature and popular culture. Her research interests include children’s and young adult literature, life writing, picture books, comics, and popular culture. Marshall’s interdisciplinary scholarship has appeared in numerous academic journals, including Feminist StudiesJeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, Language ArtsThe Lion and The Unicorn, and Women’s Studies Quarterly. Marshall is the author of Graphic Girlhoods: Visualizing Education and Violence (Routledge, 2018) and co-author with Leigh Gilmore of Witnessing Girlhood: Toward an Intersectional Tradition of Life Writing (Fordham, 2019). Her current book project focuses on representations of alcohol and childhood in American visual culture.


This post is part of the SHCY Featured Books series, in which SHCY members provide written contributions on various academic topics pertaining to the history of childhood and youth.