Political Writer in Residence 2016

Emma Rees


Emma Rees is Professor of Literature and Gender Studies at the University of Chester, UK. Throughout her career, Emma has written extensively on representations of gender in literature and culture, considering the work of Shakespeare, Margaret Cavendish and Led Zeppelin. Her occasional columns for the Times Higher Education take an at times light-hearted look at academic life.

Emma was awarded the inaugural residency for political writing for her latest book, The Vagina: a Literary and Cultural History, which was published in paperback by Bloomsbury earlier this year. Emma has toured ‘Vulvanomics’ – a distilled spoken-word discussion of The Vagina – worldwide, including at Gladstone’s Library’s first Gladfest. Emma is currently writing a book on the turbulent debates in contemporary feminism, a subject that she explored in her Fractured Feminism course at the Library earlier this year.

Read the blog Emma wrote during her residency.