Sharon L. Jansen taught English literature and writing at PLU from 1980 to 2014. Although trained as a medievalist, she taught a broad range of literature, from Homer’s Iliad through Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Doris Lessing’s The Cleft. While teaching research and writing as well as advanced composition, her real attention was devoted to first-year writing seminars, on such topics as “Mothers and Daughters,” “Women and the Beauty Myth,” and “Barbie, Bratz, and Bella: The Construction of Girlhood in the Twenty-First Century.” Over the years she also taught in a number of cross-disciplinary programs, including Integrated Studies, Languages across the Curriculum, and, in particular, Women’s and Gender Studies.
During her thirty-five years at PLU, she published seven books, on topics ranging from political protest during the reign of Henry VIII to the early-modern debate about women and politics and a survey of six centuries’ of literature by women imagining rooms of their own. She also published critical articles in scholarly journals, personal essays in anthologies, newspaper op-eds, online political commentary, and a variety of pieces for campus publications.
Entering phased retirement in 2014, she is now producing a series of early feminist texts intended for classroom use; the first two volumes, Mary Astell’s A Serious Proposal to the Ladies and Some Reflections upon Marriage, were published in 2014. She is also working on a women’s history project, The Monstrous Regiment of Women, set to begin online publication on 1 January 2015.
To access Professor Jansen’s newest projects, to view her published work, and to read occasional essays on women and politics, women and popular culture, and women and food, visit her website: www.sharonljansen.com
.To check in on her new women’s history project, The Monstrous Regiment of Women
: A Women’s History
Daybook, visit www.monstrousregimentofwomen.com