CC professor and colleague edit anthology on "women and work"
Dr. Susanne Weil, associate professor English and Humanities at Centralia College, and Christine Leiren Mower, adjunct professor of English and Women Studies at Seattle University, have teamed to compile an anthology of essays on how women’s work has fared under the pens of novelists.The volume, Women and Work: the Labors of Self-Fashioning, began when the two were contacted by Cambridge Scholars’ Publishing, asking them for a proposal for expanding the press’s holdings in women’s studies. Two and one-half years and 400 pages later, their anthology has been published.
“This is a collection of scholarly essays by professors and graduate students, asking how the work that women do has been portrayed by novelists in the U.S. and England over the past 200 years,” said Weil.
The essays explore how writers represented not only women’s waged work outside of the home, but women’s domestic labors.
“The effort has been intense but very rewarding,” said Weil, who spent a great deal of her free time working on the anthology. “It helped me choose exciting novels and stories for my “Women’s Literature” and “Great American Novel” students.”
The anthology would likely be used by upper level college professors and researchers engaged in feminist and gender studies, and women’s studies. “This will be a tool to help to enrich the study of a range of women’s issues,” said Weil.
The idea for the volume’s cover art came from Centralia College’s Real Life Rosie the Riveter Lyceum, coordinated by Weil last year. The cover photo features women at work in the Chehalis Boeing plant during World War II, and both Boeing and the Lewis County Historical Museum are credited. In the acknowledgments, Weil has thanked the Centralia College Foundation for teaching award funds that helped her attend women and work conference sessions at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association.
At Centralia College, Weil teaches English composition and literature classes. She is also on the advisory council of the college’s Honors Program. She is a member of the Centralia College Speakers Bureau, bringing expertise on Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and his business dealings, as well as the life and writing of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. Weil also studies spirituality in medieval literature, and her work on Beowulf was included in Bloom’s Guide to the epic (2008).