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  • Terri Gordon

    Associate Professor of Comparative Literature


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    Terri Gordon


    Terri Gordon is an interdisciplinary scholar who works at the intersections of memory studies, gender studies, and cultural production. She is currently writing a book on the literature of memory in post-dictatorship Chile. Her co-authored book with Eric Zolov, The Walls of Santiago: Social Revolution and Political Aesthetics, came out in May 2022 in Berghahn Books' "Protest, Culture & Society" series. She mounted a photography exhibition with Eric Zolov, “¡Chile Despertó! Protest Graphics of the 2019-20 Social Uprising,” at the LACS (Latin American and Caribbean Studies) Gallery at Stony Brook University in 2021-22. She is on the editorial board of Women's Studies Quarterly and has co-edited two WSQ volumes: "At Sea" and "Citizenship." Her work has appeared in Latin American Literary Studies, Journal of the History of Sexuality, Nottingham French Studies, The Nation, NACLA and Cabinet Magazine, amongst others. Her translation of Jean Genet's Elle was adapted for an off-Broadway production in 2002. She teaches interdisciplinary courses in the areas of ethics and literature, gender studies, and the aesthetics of the body.  

    Professor Gordon is also Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs at the Schools of Public Engagement.  She previously served as the Director of the Gender Studies Program at The New School and as Director of Jewish Cultural Studies at the Schools of Public Engagement.

    Degrees Held

    PhD in Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2000

    Certificate in Women's Studies, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Columbia University, Fall 1995

    MA in French Literature, Columbia University, 1993

    BA in Political Science and French, Duke University

    Professional Affiliation

    Member of WSQ (Women's Studies Quarterly) Editorial Board, Jan. 2008-present

    Member of MSA (Memory Studies Association)

    Member of MLA (Modern Language Association)

    Recent Publications

    Books and Edited Volumes

    The Walls of Santiago: Social Revolution & Political Aesthetics in Contemporary Chile (2022), co-authored with Eric Zolov, “Protest, Culture & Society” series of Berghahn Books. 

    Guest editor (with Amy Sodaro) of WSQ (Women’s Studies Quarterly) At Sea issue 45 1&2 (Spring/Summer 2017).

    Guest editor (with Robin Rogers) of WSQ Citizenship issue 38:1&2 (Spring/Summer 2010).

    Selected Articles, Essays, Book Chapters, and Interviews

    “Terri Gordon-Zolov and Eric Zolov with Camilo Trumper,” The Brooklyn Rail, June 2022.

    "The Chilean State Seeks to Ban the Poets," NACLA, 25 October, 2020.

    Co-author (with Eric Zolov), "The Walls of Chile Speak of a Suppressed Rage," The Nation, 7 November, 2019.

    Guest editor (with Amy Sodaro) of WSQ (Women’s Studies Quarterly) At Sea issue 45 1&2 (Spring/Summer 2017).

    “An Ethics of Pain: Carlos Cerda’s Una casa vacía, Latin American Literary Review 43:86 (2015): 59-80.

    Guest editor (with Robin Rogers) of WSQ Citizenship issue 38:1&2 (Spring/Summer 2010).

    “A Conversation with Seyla Benhabib and Judith Resnik,” in “Citizenship for the 21st Century,” in WSQ Citizenship issue 38:1&2 (Spring/Summer 2010): 271-86.

    “Film in the Second Degree: Cabaret and the Dark Side of Laughter,” in the American Philosophical Society (APS) quarterly journal, Proceedings 152:4 (December 2008): 440-465.

    “Debt, Guilt, and Hungry Ghosts: A Foucauldian Perspective on Bigert’s and Bergström’s Last Supper,” Cabinet Magazine Online, June 2006, ed. Sina Najafi.

    “Girls Girls Girls: Re-membering the Body,” in Rhine Crossings: France and Germany in Love and War, ed. Peter Schulman and Aminia Brueggemann (New York: SUNY, 2005), 87-118.

    “Fascism and the Female Form: Performance Art in the Third Reich,” special issue of The Journal of the History of Sexuality 11:1-2 (Spring 2002): 164-200.  Reprinted in Sexuality and German Fascism, ed. Dagmar Herzog (New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2005), 164-200.

    “A ‘Saxophone in Movement’: Josephine Baker and the Music of Dance,” Jazz Adventures in French Culture, ed. Jacqueline Dutton and Colin Nettelbeck, special issue of Nottingham French Studies 43:1 (Spring 2004): 39-52.  Reprinted as “Synesthetic Rhythms: African American Music and Dance through Parisian Eyes” in Josephine Baker: A Century in the Spotlight 6.1-6.2 (fall 2007-spring 2008), ed. Kaiama Glover, in “The Scholar & Feminist Online,” Barnard Center for Research on Women.

    “Salome Returns with a Vengeance: Liliana Cavani’s The Night Porter (1974),” in The Marketing of Eros: Performance, Sexuality, Consumer Culture, ed. Frederick Lubich and Peter Schulman (Essen: Die Blaue Eule, 2003), 160-177.

    Performances and Appearances

    “To Print is to Resist: Urgent Graphic Resistance in the United States and Latin America,” Printed Matter roundtable discussion on graphic resistance practices in the 2019-20 Chilean Social Uprising and the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement, hosted by Feria Impresionante and Gato Negro Ediciones, July 17, 2020.  Panelists included: Terri Gordon & Eric Zolov, co-authors of The Walls of Santiago (Berghahn Books); Gonzalo Guerrero, Secret Riso Club; Eric Von Haynes, Flatlands Press, Shani Peters and Joseph Cuillier, The Black School.

    Research Interests

    Transitional justice, post-authoritarian literature, social protest movements, memory studies, cultural production


    The Walls of Santiago: Social Revolution and Political Aesthetics in Contemporary Chile

    Photography Exhibition at Stony Brooks LACS Gallery

    Future Courses

    Literature of Forgiveness
    NLIT 3807, Spring 2025

    Past Courses

    Global Social Revolutions
    NPOL 3015, Fall 2023

    Literature of Forgiveness
    NLIT 3807, Spring 2024

    Performing Gender:1920s Paris
    NHUM 3035, Fall 2023

    Women in the Avant-Garde
    NCST 4146, Spring 2024

    Women in the Avant-Garde
    GLIB 5146, Spring 2024

    Writing, Righting History
    NLIT 3432, Fall 2023

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