Madeleine Kahn, Ph.D.
Writer for Hire
Contact: MK [at] MADELEINEKAHN [dot] COM


I have been writing about education and healthcare for nearly 15 years. Contact me if you would like to see some samples of my writing.

Education and Degrees

Ph.D., Stanford University, Stanford, CA. September 1989.
Dissertation title: “Narrative Transvestism in the Eighteenth-Century English Novel.”

B.A. cum laude, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA. June 1977.
Honors thesis title: “The Play within the Play in Shakespeare.”

Academic Employment

Mills College, Associate Professor with tenure. Between 1989 and 2004, my courses included: Composition, Eighteenth-Century Poetry and Prose, Eighteenth-Century Novel, Ancient Myth, Clarissa and Literary Criticism, The Gothic, Gender and Interpretation, the M.A. Research course, and Shakespeare. I taught a mix of graduate and undergraduate courses.

Academic Publications


“Why Are We Reading Ovid’s Handbook on Rape?” Teaching and Learning at a Women’s College,Paradigm Publishers, 2005. The paperback edition was released in 2006.

Narrative Transvestism: Rhetoric and Gender in the Eighteenth-Century English Novel, Cornell UP, 1991. This book was published simultaneously in hard and paper editions, as part of the series, “Reading Women Writing,” edited by Shari Benstock and Celeste Shenk.

Articles and Reviews

Review of Katharine Kittredge, ed., Lewd and Notorious, University of Michigan Press, 2004, in Journal of British Studies, Spring 2005.

“Why Are We Reading a Handbook on Rape?” Young Women Transform a Classic,” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language and Composition, 4.3, September 2004, 438-59.

“Teaching and Learning at a Women’s College,” Iris: A Journal about Women, 47, Fall/Winter 2003, pp. 57-59.

“Why Are We Reading a Handbook on Rape?” Mills Quarterly, Winter 2003, 20-21.

Review of Todd Parker, Sexing the Text, SUNY Press, 2000, in Scriblerian, Vol. 34, No. 1, Autumn, 2001.

“‘A by-stander often sees more of the game than those that play:’ Ann Yearsley Reads The Castle of Otranto,” in Making History: Textuality and the Forms of Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture, ed. Gregory Clingham, Associated University Presses, 1998, 59-78.

“Teaching Charlotte Charke: Pedagogy, Feminism, and the Construction of the Self,” in Introducing Charlotte Charke: Actress, Author, Enigma, ed. Philip Baruth, University of Illinois Press, 1998, 162-179.

“The Milkmaid’s Voice: Ann Yearsley and the Romantic Notion of the Poet,” Approaches to Teaching Women Poets of the British Romantic Period, eds. Stephen C. Behrendt and Harriet Kramer Linkin, MLA Press, 1997, 141-7.

“Hannah More and Ann Yearsley: A Collaboration across the Class Divide,” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 25, 1995, 217 – 37.

“The Politics of Pornography,” in American Women in the 90s: Today’s Critical Issues, ed. Sherri Matteo, Northeastern UP, 1993; second edition 1994, 235 – 52.

Conference Papers and lectures

“Can you say that in a classroom? When Women’s Studies topics appear in disguise.” National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Oakland, CA. June 16, 2006.

“Anger in the classroom.” National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Oakland, CA. June 16, 2006.

“‘That wall isn’t real unless I say so’ Knowledge vs. belief at a women’s college.” Stanford Humanities Center, Fellows’ Reunion Conference, Stanford, CA. October 15, 2005.

“Gender and Power in the Classroom.” Seminar for faculty, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA. September 9, 2005

“Gender in the classroom.” Diablo Valley College, June 29, 2005.

“Who Owns the Classroom?” Seminar for faculty, Mills College, March 15, 2005.

“Pedagogical Performances: ‘That Wall Isn’t Real Unless I Say So’”: invited lecture, Performing the Eighteenth Century, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, September 27, 2003.

“What Women Have to Teach us about Liberal Education,” Association of American Colleges and Universities, Seattle, WA, January 24, 2003.

“’That Wall Isn’t Real Unless I Say So,’ The Female Quixote and fantasies of feminist power.” Plenary address, Aphra Behn Conference, Mills College, Oakland, CA, October 26, 2002.

“’No one told me you had to be a lesbian to take this class.’” Invited lecture, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, September 25, 2002.

“What’s the big deal with the female audience?” Teaching Charlotte Charke’s Narrative,” invited lecture, Early Modern Center, University of California at Santa Barbara, May 23, 2002.

“Wishful Readings: 20th-century women encounter Lennox’s Female Quixote,” invited lecture, University of Pittsburgh, April 11, 2002.

“Misreading a Classic: Ovid’s Metamorphoses,” invited lecture, University of Pittsburgh, April 10, 2002.

“Can You Teach Feminism?” Women’s Leadership Institute: What Girls Learn In and Out of School, Mills College, Oakland, CA, January 14, 2000.

Chair and organizer, “Feminist Approaches to Teaching the Eighteenth-Century Canon,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Austin, TX, March 30, 1996.

“The Familiar Letter in the Eighteenth-Century,” Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA, October 1, 1995.

“The Milkmaid’s Voice and the Voice of the Poet,” Rethinking Women’s Poetry 1730-1930, University of London, London, England, July 21, 1995.

“Teaching Against the Grain: Canonical Literature and Non-Canonical Students,” Western Social Science Association, Oakland, CA, April 27, 1995.

Respondent, “Lewd and Notorious: Female Transgression in the Eighteenth Century,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Tucson, AZ, April 7, 1995.

“Ann Yearsley and Hannah More: A Collaboration Across the Class Divide,” Fourth Annual Conference on 18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, March 4, 1995.

“Violating the Poetic Economy: Hannah More and Ann Yearsley,” Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies, Rochester, NY, November 5, 1994.

“The Economy of Poetical Criticism: Ann Yearsley and Hannah More,” Aphra Behn Society, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, October 9, 1994.

“Elite Patronage of a Working-Class Poet: Hannah More, Elizabeth Montagu and Ann Yearsley,” Women’s Caucus Session of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Charleston, SC, March 11, 1994.

“Pornography in American Society,” KCBS Public Affairs Directors’ Meeting, San Francisco, CA, February 22, 1994.

“Richardson Among the Women: Clarissa and the History of Feminist Criticism,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Providence, RI, April 21, 1993.

“The Politics of Pornography,” public lecture, Mills College, Oakland, CA, April 14, 1993.

Respondent, “Character and Politics in the Enlightenment,” Pacific Coast British Studies Conference, Berkeley, CA, March 26, 1993.

“Pornography and Culture,” invited paper and seminar, U.C. Davis Humanities Center, Davis, CA, March 11, 1993.

“The Politics of Pornography,” invited lecture, Jing Lyman Public Lecture Series, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, May 6, 1992.

Respondent, “Heterogenous Zones: Mapping Sexualities in an Age of Classification,” Alienation: The Production of Strangers and the Boundaries of Culture, Berkeley, CA, April 18, 1992.

“Narrative Transvestism,” special session of the Bay Area Eighteenth-Century Studies Group, U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, March 23, 1992.

“Skirting the Personal Voice: Samuel Richardson and Narrative Transvestism,” invited paper, The Future of Androgyny, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, February, 1990.

“Narrative Transvestism and the Epistolary Novel,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Knoxville, TN, April, 1988.

“Narrative Transvestism and the Birth of the Novel,” Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford, CA, December, 1987.

Academic Awards and Fellowships

Mary S. Metz Professorship, 1998 – 99.

Arnold L. and Lois S. Graves Award, 1996 – 97.

Quigley Course Release Grant, Spring 1996.

American Council of Learned Societies, Travel Grant, Summer 1995.

Meg Quigley Summer Fellowship, 1994, 2001, 2002.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, 1993.

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers, 1991-92.

Thomas Killefer Dissertation Prize, 1988-89.

Stanford Humanities Center Fellowship, 1987-88.

Stanford English Department Fellowship, 1984-88.

Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, 1977-78.