Gender & Sexuality on DR


Dissertation Reviews has been featuring research on gender and sexuality in a number of our existing series, whether in Chinese Literature, South Asian Studies, Medical Anthropology, or elsewhere. The time is now ripe for DR to feature a standalone Gender and Sexuality Dissertation Reviews series, which will bring you friendly, non-critical overviews of recently defended, unpublished dissertations from this brilliant field — one that has long been vigilant in raising powerful and insightful critiques of the ways in which we think and the ways in which we live. As with our 20 existing series on Dissertation Reviews, Gender and Sexuality Dissertation Reviews will also feature reviews and guides for archives, libraries, and collections, providing up-to-date introductions to foundational as well as overlooked research collections. If you are interested in having your dissertation reviewed, please fill out the Review Application Form. If you are interested in helping out in some other way, please contact Our Gender and Sexuality Editor can be reached at


Introducing Our New Field Editor

Caroline Walters is a Visiting Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Middlesex University. She is currently working on her first monograph, which is adapted from her 2012 dissertation, entitled Discourses of Heterosexual Female Masochism and Submission from the 1880s to the Present Day (University of Exeter, supervised by Professor Lisa Downing). She is the contributing co-editor of Fat Sex: New Directions in Theory and Activism (in preparation) and a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal Sexualities on Theorising Fat Sexuality (forthcoming). She has organized several conferences (“Bisexuality and Mental Health” in Bradford, UK 2012; “Public Engagement in Gender and Sexuality Studies” in Newcastle, UK 2011; “Forgotten Bodies” in Exeter, UK 2010).  Broadly her research focuses upon the intersection between literary, filmic, theoretical and scientific texts as they formulate discourses of sexuality, particularly in its “non-normative” forms, mental health and “fat” bodies. Website.


Image: American actor and singer Divine (1945-1988). Wikimedia Commons.
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