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Mary Jo Bona 

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 2116 Humanities Building
Fall 2020 Office Hours:
WST 291: T/Wed by appt via Zoom
WST 601:  by appt via phone

Mary Jo Bona is professor and chair of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Stony Brook University with her affiliated department in English.   Bona’s expertise in feminist literary studies examines the nexus between gender and ethnicity, with transnational migratory identities, material cultures, and Italian diaspora studies as primary intersections. Bona received a stipendiary award and entrance into the Academy of Teacher Scholars at Stony Brook and co-developed with her undergraduate students a course on African American and Italian American women writers.  A specialist in the field of multiethnic American literature and feminist studies, her authored books include Women Writing Cloth: Migratory Fictions in the American Imaginary; By the Breath of Their Mouths: Narratives of Resistance in Italian America; Claiming a Tradition: Italian American Women Writers, and a book of poetry, I Stop Waiting For You. Bona is also editor of The Voices We Carry: Recent Italian American Women’s Fiction and co-editor (with Irma Maini) of Multiethnic Literature and Canon Debates. Bona is a series editor of Multiethnic Literatures for SUNY Press and serves on the SUNY editorial board. Bona published chapters on the culture and canon debates for the Cambridge volume on American Literature in Transition, on mother/daughters for a volume in the Routledge History of Italian Americans, and on queer daughterhood in La Mamma: Interrogating a National Stereotype for Palgrave. Her current project focuses on a reinterpretation of mother-daughter studies through an analysis of literary queer diasporic daughters and their mothers in a genre bending women’s narratives.

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2018 “Queer Daughters and Their Mothers: Maso, Cappello and Bechdel Write Their Way Home.” Palgrave Macmillan.
2018, “The Culture Wars and the Canon Debate.” American Literature in Transition: 1980-1990. Cambridge University Press.
2018, “Mothers and Daughters.” The Routledge History of the Italian Americans. Routledge.
2015, “Falling Through the Cracks: Italian America, Literary Studies, and the Academy.” New York: John D. Calandra Institute. 44-52. Chapter translated in Palinsesti 3. Università della Calabria. 73-82.
2015, “The Fruits of Her Labor: DeSalvo’s Memoirs of Food and Family” with Jennifer DiGregorio Kightlinger. Personal Effects: Essays on Culture, Teaching, and Memoir in the Work of  Louise DeSalvo. Fordham University Press. 189-209
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