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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Lisa L Moore

Core Faculty Ph.D., 1991, Cornell University

Lisa L Moore



College: Liberal Arts

Home Department: English

Education: Ph.D., Cornell University

Research interests:
Feminist theory; British and North American 18th-Century literature and culture; LGBT studies

Organization Affiliations: Austin Project "Rude Mechanicals" Theatre Collective Friends Meeting of Austin (Quakers) Friends of Maplewood Elementary "Program in Comparative Literature"? (AISD) AISD Mentor Program

Courses taught:


Graduate: GRS 390J Theory in Action E389P Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of Revolution WGS 392 Research Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies E389P Eighteenth-Century Feminisms E389P Feminist Theory Field Seminar E389P Problems in Gay and Lesbian Studies E 392M Acts of Union: Edgeworth, Austen, Scott E 389P Feminist Theory and Sexuality E 389P Fiction/Theory: Contemporary Lesbian Writing E 392L Inventing Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century Prose E 392M Histories of the Novel: Burney, Edgeworth, Austen

Undergraduate: E379 Jane Austen E 316K Masterworks of Literature: Women's and Gender Studies Emphasis (large lecture) E370W Gay and Lesbian Literature and Culture E 370W Introduction to Women's Studies in the Humanities E 370W Feminist Literary Theory

Awards/Honors: Richards Teaching Fellowship (Department of English) Faculty Research Assignment, The University of Texas, 2007-08. Harry Ransom Fellowship, The University of Texas, 2006-07. Dean's Proposal Award, The University of Texas, 2006-07. Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, Women's and Gender Studies Nominee, The University of Texas, 2005-06. Katherine Ross Richards Centennial Teaching Fellowship, The University of Texas, 2005-06. Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Grant, The University of Texas, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07. Faculty and Student Teams for Technology (FAST Tex) Grant, Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment, The University of Texas, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005. Harry Ransom Fellowship, The University of Texas, 2001. Outstanding Service Award, Women's Studies Program, The University of Texas, 2001. Dean's Fellowship, University of Texas, 2001. President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award, The University of Texas, 2000. Faculty Research Assignment, University Research Institute, The University of Texas, 1997. Lucia, John, and Melissa Gilbert Teaching Excellence Award in Women's and Gender Studies, 1996.

Recent Publications:Book:

Dangerous Intimacies: Toward a Sapphic History of the British Novel (Duke University Press, 1997). Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals: "Queer Gardens: Mary Delany's Flowers and Friendships," Eighteenth-Century Studies 39: 1 (2005), pp. 49-70. "Lesbian Migrations: Mary Renault's South Africa" GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 10: 1 (November 2003), 23-46. "Acts of Union: Sexuality and Nationalism, Romance and Realism in the Irish National Tale," Cultural Critique 44 (Winter 2000), 113-144. " 'Something More Tender Still Than Friendship': Romantic Friendship in Early Nineteenth-Century England," Feminist Studies 18: 3, Fall 1992, 499-520. (Reprinted in Martha Vicinus, ed., Lesbian Subjects: A Feminist Studies Reader ) " 'She was too fond of her mistaken Bargain': The Scandalous Relations of Gender and Sexuality in Feminist Theory," diacritics 21-22, Summer-Fall 1991, 89-101. "Sexual Agency in Manet's Olympia." Textual Practice, 3: 2, June 1989, 222-233. Book Chapters: "The Swan of Litchfield: Sarah Pierce and the Lesbian Landscape Poem," in Thomas Foster, ed., Long Before Stonewall: Same-Sex Sexuality in Early America (NYU Press, 2007). "My Homosexual Agenda," Burnt Orange Britannia: British Studies at the University of Texas, ed. Roger Louis (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005). "Teledildonics: Virtual Lesbians in the Fiction of Jeannette Winterson," Sexy Bodies: The Strange Carnalities of Feminism, ed. Elizabeth Grosz and Elspeth Probyn. London: Routledge, 1995, 104-127.

Creative Writing:

"The Body Remembers," poem appearing in The Austin Project Archive: Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic (University of Texas Press, forthcoming).

WGS 345 • Gay And Lesbian Lit And Cul

46715 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am MEZ 1.102
(also listed as E 370W )
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E 370W  l  8-Gay and Lesbian Literature and Culture

Instructor:  Moore, L

Unique #:  34885

Semester:  Spring 2015

Cross-lists:  WGS 345

Restrictions:  n/a

Computer Instruction:  No

Flags: Cultural Diversity in the U.S.; Writing

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: In this course, we will examine the tradition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer self-representation in English through literary texts that document the emergence of a queer literary tradition and political community. Writing assignments will emphasize careful close reading and formal analysis of these texts in two short papers; both of these papers will be revised. Our final project will be an in-class reading and performance of student writing.

Texts: Dickinson, selected poems; Whitman, selected poems; Forster, Maurice; Hall, The Well of Loneliness; Baldwin, Giovanni's Room; Brown, Rubyfruit Jungle; Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit; Kushner, Angels in America Part I: Millenium Approaches; Bridgforth, Love/Conjure Blues; Chee, Edinburgh; Bechdel, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic; Blanco, Looking for the Gulf Motel.

Films: Schiller, Rosenberg, Before Stonewall; Scagliotti, After Stonewall; Van Sant, Milk.

Requirements & Grading: Two Blackboard posts (100 words each) per week (14 weeks): 20% of final grade; Two 3-5-page essays: each 20% of final grade; Performance as a peer editor: 10% of final grade; Final group presentation: 10% of final grade.

WGS 393 • Transatl Feminisms Age Of Rev

46855 • Spring 2015
Meets MW 100pm-230pm PAR 210
(also listed as E 392M )
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Between the English Revolution of 1689 and the Irish Rebellion of 1798, the transatlantic world was rocked by industrial and political change.  The emergence of modern democratic capitalism and its concomitant values of equality, liberty, and justice took place against a backdrop of slavery, imperialist violence, and the raping of natural resources.  Throughout this period, women seized opportunities to argue for an expansion of their roles and rights in the experimental post-revolutionary political systems that were being devised, but repeatedly, revolutionary promises failed to extend to women as citizens. This course examines feminist writing in a variety of genres produced in the English-speaking Atlantic world of the eighteenth century, including materials from Britain, British North America, and the British Caribbean.   Our examination of these texts will allow us to ask such questions as:  What were the major concerns of eighteenth-century writers critical of the condition of women in their time?  How do such writers contribute to, and/or contest, emerging categories of nation and citizenship? What is the relationship between writing about women’s rights and critiques of slavery?  What difference does genre make to how women are represented and advocated for?  How do letters, transcribed narratives, and popular periodical verse, as well as polished verse satire, novels, and philosophical tracts, broaden our definitions of the “literary”?  And how do the various “Englishes” used in writing by slaves, free women of color, bluestockings, Loyalists and Patriots, and planter’s wives challenge our definitions of eighteenth-century “English” literature?  Is there a “feminist Atlantic” in eighteenth century literature?

WGS 391 • Feminist Theories

47965 • Fall 2013
Meets MW 200pm-330pm CBA 4.340
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The primary goal of this course will be to introduce students, especially those in the English department’s Women, Gender, and Literature concentration, to feminist theory and scholarship.   Teaching such a course at the current moment presents a pedagogical challenge; the field has now been established for long enough that it has a history, and texts that were once central to establishing the field are no longer so crucial.  In an attempt to address the challenge of both providing necessary background and addressing current debates, the course will pair “classic” texts with contemporary ones.  Along the way, we will aim to explore the intersections of feminism with psychoanalysis, poststructuralism, Marxism, critical race theory, queer theory, among other fields.  In recognition that “theory” has often now become embedded in the work of cultural analysis, the course will also use selected primary texts as case studies. 

WGS 305 • Intro To Women's & Gender Stds

47035 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm CBA 4.332
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In this course, you will:

 become familiar with key terms within and authors of feminist analysis

 use WGS terms and concepts to analyze texts (archives, films, a novel, a public event)

 think for yourself and put your life and surroundings in conversation with our readings

 practice looking for and learning from transnational grassroots feminist activists

 journal about change and challenges created by a human rights framework for gender justice

 take part in our ongoing discussion about what WGS is and what possibilities it creates

WGS 393 • Queer Poetics

47245 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm MEZ 1.104
(also listed as E 389P )
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Queer Poetics

At the crossroads of queer theory and poetics scholarship lie a number of interesting questions.  Is there such a thing as queer form or content in poetry?  Queer formalism?  Queer voice?  Queer content or material?  Through close examination of the poetry of such figures as Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Hart Crane, Gertrude Stein, Cyrus Cassels, Carl Phillips, Marilyn Hacker, Rafael Campos, Black Took Collective and Gabrielle Calvocoressi, we will analyze the prosody and poetics of verse that can be said to address queer identities, perspectives, or aesthetics.  Class activities will be co-ordinated with the programming of the Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies (TILTS), whose 2011-12 theme is “Poets&Formalists.”


Students will organize and present their own research at a final day-long conference.

Conference organizing:  20% of final grade

In-class presentation:  20% of final grade

Annotated bibliography:  20% of final grade

Conference paper:  40% of final grade

WGS 345 • Gay And Lesbian Lit And Cul

88875 • Summer 2010
Meets MTWTHF 1000am-1130am PAR 105
(also listed as E 370W )
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Cross-listed with WGS 345

Course Description: This course offers a context for understanding literature and other art forms created by and about LGBT people (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) in the English-speaking world. We will analyze LGBT self-representation through careful examination of texts that document queer cultural traditions and political communities. Writing assignments will emphasize careful close reading and formal analysis of these texts in a series of short papers; all four of these papers will be revised. A final group project will draw on the variety of genres studied during the semester to create a class presentation.


  • Essays by Oscar Wilde, James Baldwin, Jane Rule, Audre Lorde, Dorothy Allison, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Gloria Anzaldua, Paul Monette, David Sedaris, Carl Phillips, Arturo Islas (please print out from Blackboard site under Course Documents)
  • Poems by Shakespeare, Behn, Dickinson, Whitman, Anzaldua, Marilyn Hacker, Carl Philips (also on Blackboard)
  • Short stories by E.M. Forster and Radclyffe Hall (also on Blackboard)
  • James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room
  • Rita Mae Brown, Rubyfruit Jungle
  • Audre Lorde, Zami:  A New Spelling of My Name
  • Leslie Feinberg, Stone Butch Blues
  • Michael Nava, The Little Death
  • Tony Kushner, Angels in America
  • Allison Bechdel, Fun Home


  • Five 250-word blog posts per week (25%)
  • Two 5-7 page personal essays, both revised, worth 15% each (30%)
  • Five 2-3 page book reviews, worth 5% each (25%)
  • Performance as a peer editor (10%)
  • Final group project/performance (10%)

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.  

UGS 302 • Feminism Now-W

64550 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 1100-1230pm MAI 220B
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UGS 302 (64550)—First-Year Signature Course-W
TTH 11-12:30
MAI 220B
Professor Lisa L. Moore (English and Women’s and Gender Studies)
Office hours: TTH 2-3:30 PAR 217

Are you a feminist? Why or why not? In this course, you will learn about the
history and principles of feminism as a social movement, an academic discipline,
and a political theory, and you will have the opportunity to put your own values
into action by creating a community engagement project with a small group of
students. Through reading, research, reflection, writing, and action, we will
discover the ways that feminism can be put to everyday use as well as be a
source of ongoing intellectual challenge. Students can expect to read the
classics of feminist theory, meet feminist scholars on campus, and interact with
community leaders working on gender issues.
The course has several goals: to offer students the opportunity to read classic
and contemporary works of feminist writing; to have students design and execute
a community engagement project; and to improve analytical and critical skills
through writing, discussion, oral presentation and project design.



Eds. Lisa L. Moore, Joanna Brooks, Caroline Wigginton.  Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of
.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.  431.  

Sister Arts: The Erotics of Lesbian Landscapes. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011. 243.  Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Studies; Finalist, Publishing Triangle Judy Grahn Award.

Eds. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Lisa L. Moore, and Sharon Bridgforth.  Experiments in a Jazz
Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia and the Austin Project
.  Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010.  376.

Dangerous Intimacies: Toward a Sapphic History of the British Novel. Duke University Press, 1997.

Articles and Book Chapters

Virtual Delville as Archival Research:  Rendering Women’s Garden History Visible.” Visualizing the Archive.  Spec. issue of Poetess Archive Journal  2.1 (2010).

“The Swan of Litchfield: Sarah Pierce and the Lesbian Landscape Poem.”  Long Before Stonewall: Histories of Same-Sex Sexuality in Early America.  Ed. Thomas A. Foster.  New York: NYU Press, 2007.  253-276.

''Queer Gardens: Mary Delany's Flowers and Friendships,'' Eighteenth Century Studies (October 2005).

''Lesbian Migrations: Mary Renault's English Novels.'' GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2003. pgs. 23-46.

''Acts of Union: Sexuality and Nationalism, Romance and Realism in the Irish National Tale.'' Cultural Critique, 2000.

''Teledildonics: Virtual Lesbians in the Fiction of Jeannette Winterson.'' In Grosz, ed., Sexy Bodies: Towards a Corporeal Feminism. Routledge, 1994.

''`Something More Tender Still Than Friendship': Romantic Friendship in Early Nineteenth Century England.'' Feminist Studies, 1991.

''`She Was Too Fond of Her Mistaken Bargain': Gender and Sexuality in Feminist Theory,'' diacritics, 1991.

Creative Writing

Sister Arts: Gardens, Poems, Art, Community.  January 2011-present. 

“Do You Have To Be Gay To Take This Class?” and “Lessons from LGBT Lit.”  Poems.  Megan Volpert, ed.  This Assignment is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching.  Alexander, Ark.:  Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013.

Landscape.” Poem.  Lavender Review 5 (Summer 2012). Reprinted in Poetry at Round Top 2012.  Round Top, TX:  Poetry at Round Top Festival Institute, 2012, 39.

“Meditation for After an Earthquake.”  Poem and visual art collaboration with artist Joel Haber. Broadsided Japan Issue (June 2011): < >.

“Cinnamon Rolls,” “Acts of Devotion,” and “Baby-Daddy.”  Poems.  Sinister Wisdom 83 (Summer 2011): 60-65.

“Epiphanies Lost and Found.”  Personal essay.  The Austin Project Archive: Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic.  Eds. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Lisa L. Moore, and Sharon Bridgforth. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010. 328-337.

“The Body Remembers.”  Poem.  The Austin Project Archive: Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic.  Eds. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Lisa L. Moore, and Sharon Bridgforth.  Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010. 120-123.

“My Homosexual Agenda.”  Personal essay.  Burnt Orange Britannia: British Studies at the University of Texas.  Ed. Wm. Roger Louis.  London: I.B. Tauris, 2005.  866-880.

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