Jennifer Purvis

Jennifer Purvis is an Associate Professor of Women’s Studies in the Department of Gender and Race Studies at the University of Alabama.  Core faculty in Women’s Studies since 2002, she has a Joint Ph.D. in English and Philosophy and a Graduate Minor in Women’s Studies from Purdue University (2002).  As a feminist theorist and philosopher, she specializes in feminist theories of gender, the body, and sexuality; French Feminisms, and especially the work of Simone de Beauvoir, Luce Irigaray, and Julia Kristeva; contemporary feminist philosophy; queer theory; and intergenerational feminisms.  Among other issues, her research investigates the persistent feminist return to Antigone and the stubborn hold of reproductive logics—not only in culture, but in feminist theory and queer theory.  Dr. Purvis is currently working on the topic of queer feminist futurity, an interest that began with her treatment of alternative temporalities and the concept of intergenerationality in her article, “Grrrls and Women Together in the Third Wave: Embracing the Challenges of Intergenerational Feminism(s),” published in the National Women’s Studies Association Journal in the fall of 2004.  Other scholarly publications include “Hegelian Dimensions of The Second Sex: A Feminist Consideration,” “Irigaray’s (Marxist) Placental Economy: Corporeal Paradigms and the Destabilization of Domination,” “Generations of Antigone: An Intra-Feminist Dialogue with Beauvoir, Irigaray, and Butler,” and “A ‘Time’ for Change: Negotiating the Space of a Third Wave Political Moment.”  Dr. Purvis has published a review of Kelly Oliver’s Women as Weapons of War: Iraq, Sex, and the Media, and she has contributed a book chapter on the concept of “Queer” to the collection of critical genealogies in Rethinking Women’s and Gender Studies, forthcoming from Routledge, December 2011, edited by Catherine Orr, Ann Braithwaite, and Diane Lichtenstein.  Dr. Purvis continues work on her book manuscript, Queer Feminist Futurity, incorporating her recent analyses of nationalist and regionalist narratives of cultural supremacy and their relationship a queer South. | Curriculum Vitae (PDF)