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Professor Mary Evans

LSE Centennial Professor 

Gender Institute

Email: m.s.evans@lse.ac.uk

Room: COL.5.04J, Columbia House, LSE

Mary Evans is LSE Centennial Professor at the Gender Institute. Prior to coming to the LSE as a Visiting Fellow she taught Women's Studies and Sociology at the University of Kent. The primary focus of Professor Evans' work is those narratives (be they fictional or otherwise) through which we construct our social identity. Professor Evans is particularly interested in the part that gender and class play in these narratives and the ways in which narratives of ourselves are a essential part of what we define as the modern.

Experience keywords: feminism; higher education in the UK; class and inequality; gender.

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Research Interests

My research interests are twofold : the intersection of works of the imagination with the material world and – in the context of recent politics – the ways in which 'austerity' politics disproportionately impact upon women and refute assumptions about the 'emancipation' of women.  What interests me particularly in this are the fantasies which inform everyday existence in the modern world and in particular the boundaries between 'change' and 'progress' and the merely sensational. Recent work in the Women's Library has provided rich material for an understanding of the continuity rather than the disappearance of gender inequality and the emergence of new forms of inequality. This issue forms one part of my current work.

Some of those gendered forms of inequality are also the subjects of crime fiction, the second area in which I am currently working. Although I have already written about detective fiction I am returning to crime scenes; specifically in the period after 1970, and for writing that has become increasingly critical of neo-liberal values.

I am currently convenor for the undergraduate course Gender, Politics and Civil Society.

Selected Recent Publications

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The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory (eds) Mary Evans, Clare Hemmings, Marsha Henry, Hazel Johnstone, Sumi Madhok, Ania Plomien and Sadie Wearing (2014)

At no point in recorded history has there been an absence of intense, and heated, discussion about the subject of how to conduct relations between women and men. This Handbook provides a comprehensive guide to these omnipresent issues and debates, mapping the present and future of thinking about feminist theory. The chapters gathered here present the state of the art in scholarship in the field, covering: epistemology and marginality; literary, visual and cultural representations; sexuality; macro and microeconomics of gender; conflict and peace. It is an essential reference work for advanced students and academics not only of feminist theory, but of gender and sexuality across the humanities and social sciences.

It is an essential reference work for advanced students and academics not only of feminist theory, but of gender and sexuality across the humanities and social sciences.

 
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Gender: The Key Concepts (eds) Mary Evans and Carolyn H. Williams (2013)

Featuring Gender Institute faculty, this invaluable volume provides an overview of 37 terms, theories and concepts frequently used in gender studies which those studying the subject can find difficult to grasp. Each entry provides a critical definition of the concept, examining the background to the idea, its usage and the major figures associated with the term. Taking a truly interdisciplinary and global view of gender studies, concepts covered include: agency; diaspora; heteronormativity; subjectivity; performativity; class; feminist politics; body; gender identity and reflexivity. With cross referencing and further reading provided throughout the text, Gender: The Key Concepts unweaves the relationships between different aspects of the field defined as gender studies, and is essential for all those studying gender in interdisciplinary contexts as undergraduates, postgraduates and beyond.

 
  • Blogs for LSE Politics and for SPERI (Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute)

Forthcoming

  • Evans, Mary, The Persistence of Gender Inequality

2015

  • Evans, Mary (2015) 'Feminism and the implications of austerity', Feminist Review, No. 109, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 146-155

2014

  • Madhok, Sumi and Evans, Mary (2014) 'Epistemology and marginality'. In: Evans, Mary and Hemmings, Clare and Henry, Marsha and Johnstone, Hazel and Madhok, Sumi and Plomien, Ania and Wearing, Sadie, (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory. SAGE Publications Ltd, London, UK, pp. 1-8
  • Evans, Mary and Hemmings, Clare and Henry, Marsha and Johnstone, Hazel and Madhok, Sumi and Plomien, Ania and Wearing, Sadie, eds (2014) Handbook of feminist theory, Sage, London, UK

2013

  • Evans, Mary (2013) 'The meaning of agency'. In: Madhok, Sumi and Phillips, Anne and Wilson, Kalpana, (eds.) Gender, Agency and Coercion. Thinking gender in transnational times. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK; New York, USA, pp. 47-63
  • Evans, Mary (2013) 'Gender in an age of austerity', Women's History Review, 22 (5). pp. 838-840
  • Evans, Mary and Williams, Carolyn, eds (2013) Gender: the key concepts, Routledge key guides. Routledge, Abingdon, UK

2012

  • Hall, Lesley and Williams, Melanie and Evans, Mary and Mollett, Amy and Brumley, Cheryl (2012) 'Gender and feminism', The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Dunleavy, Patrick and Mollett, Amy and Evans, Mary and Newburn, Tim and Voth, Hans-Joachim and Ponticelli, Jacopo and Gilson, Christopher and Barker, Rodney (2012) 'The 2011 London riots', British Politics and Policy at LSE, Public Policy Group, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK

2011

  • Evans, Mary (2011), The Imagination of Evil: Detective Fiction and the Modern World, Continuum Literary Studies, Bloomsbury Academic, London, UK. ISBN 9781847062062
  • Davis, Kathy and Evans, Mary (2011) 'Introduction: transatlantic conversations: feminism as travelling theory'. In: Davis, Kathy and Evans, Mary, (eds.) Transatlantic Conversations: Feminism as Travelling Theory. The feminist imagination – Europe and beyond. Ashgate, Surrey, UK
  • Evans, Mary (2011) 'Doing gender: gender and women's studies in the twenty first century', Women's Studies International Forum, 34 (6). pp. 603-610
  • Davis, Kathy and Evans, Mary, eds (2011) Transatlantic conversations: feminism as travelling theory,  The feminist imagination – Europe and beyond. Ashgate, Surrey, UK. ISBN 9780754678359

2010

  • Evans, Mary (2010) 'The universities and the challenge of realism'. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 9 pp. 13-21. ISSN 1474-0222
  • Evans, Mary (2010) 'A mysterious commodity: capitalism and femininity'. In: Scott, Jacqueline and Crompton, Rosemary and Lyonette, Clare, (eds.) Gender inequalities in the 21st century: new barriers and continuing constraints. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 275-290. ISBN 978184844438 6

2009

  • Evans, Mary (2009) 'Can women be intellectuals?' In: Fleck, Christian and Hess, Andreas and Lyon, Stina E., (eds.) Intellectuals and their publics. Ashgate Publishing, Farnham, UK, pp. 29-40. ISBN 9780754675402
  • Evans, Mary (2009) The imagination of evil: detective fiction and the modern world. Continuum International Publishing Group, London, UK. ISBN 9781847062062

2006

  • Davis, Kathy and Evans, Mary and Lorber, Judith, (eds.) (2006) Handbook of gender and women's studies. Sage Publications Ltd., London, UK. ISBN 9780761943907
  • Evans, Mary (2006) A short history of society: the making of the modern world. Open University Press, Maidenhead, UK. ISBN 9780335220687

2005

  • Evans, Mary (2005) 'Auto/biographical methods'. In: Griffin, Gabriele, (ed.) Research Methods for English Studies. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp. 31-46. ISBN 9780748621545

2004

  • Evans, Mary (2004) 'A critical lens on romantic love: a response to Bernadette Bawin-Legros'. Current sociology, 52 (2). pp. 259-264. ISSN 0011-3921
  • Evans, Mary (2004) 'Killing thinking: the death of the universities'. Continuum, London, UK. ISBN 9780826488329

2003

  • Evans, Mary (2003) Gender and social theory. Open University Press, Buckingham, UK. ISBN 9780335208654
  • Evans, Mary (2003) Love: an unromantic discussion. Polity Press in association with Blackwell Publishers Ltd., Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780745620725

2002

  • Evans, Mary and Lee, Ellie, (eds.) (2002) Real bodies: a sociological introduction. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9780333947517 

2001

  • Evans, Mary (2001) 'Gender and the literature of the Holocaust: the diary of Etty Hillesum'. Women: a cultural review, 12 (3). pp. 325-335. ISSN 0957-4042
  • Evans, Mary, (ed.) (2001) Feminism. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415192835

2000

  • Evans, Mary (2000) 'Extending autobiography: a discussion of Sylvia Plath's 'The Bell Jar''. In: Coslett, Tess and Lury, Celia and Summerfield, Penny, (eds.) Feminism & autobiography: texts, theories, methods. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 76-88. ISBN 9780415232012

1999

  • Evans, Mary (1999) Missing persons: the impossibility of auto/biography. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415099769
  • Evans, Mary (1999) 'The culture did it: comments on the 1997 general British election'. In: Ray, Larry and Sayer, Andrew, (eds.) Culture and economy after the cultural turn. Sage Publications, London, UK, pp. 229-245. ISBN 9780761958161
  • Evans, Mary (1999) ''Falling in love with love is falling with make believe': ideologies of romance in post-Enlightenment culture'. In: Featherstone, Mike, (ed.) Love & Eroticism. Sage Publications, London, UK, pp. 265-275. ISBN 9780761962519

1998

  • Evans, Mary (1998) ''Falling in love with love is falling with make believe': ideologies of romance in post-Enlightenment culture'. Theory, culture & society, 15 (3). pp. 265-275. ISSN 1460-3616

1997

  • Evans, Mary (1997) Introducing contemporary feminist thought. Polity Press in association with Blackwell Publishers Ltd., Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780745614762

1994

  • Evans, Mary, (ed.) (1994) The woman question. Sage Publications Ltd., London, UK. ISBN 9780803987487

1993

  • Evans, Mary and Morgan, David (1993) The battle for Britain: citizenship and ideology in the Second World War. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415017220

1991

  • Evans, Mary (1991) A good school: life at a girls' grammar school in the 1950s. The Women's Press Ltd., London, UK. ISBN 9780704342682 

1989

  • Evans, Mary (1989) Reflecting on Anna Karenina. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415017190

1987

  • Evans, Mary (1987) Jane Austen and the state. Tavistock Publications Ltd., London, UK. ISBN 9780422613705
  • Sayers, Janet and Evans, Mary and Redclift, Nanneke, (eds.) (1987) Engels revisited: new feminist essays. Tavistock Publications Ltd., London, UK. ISBN 9780422608107

1985

  • Evans, Mary (1985) Simone de Beauvoir: a feminist mandarin. Tavistock Publications Ltd., London, UK. ISBN 9780422795104

1983

  • Evans, Mary and Ungerson, Clare, (eds.) (1983) Sexual divisions: patterns and processes. Tavistock Publications Ltd., London, UK. ISBN 9780422784405

1981

  • Evans, Mary (1981) Lucien Goldmann: an introduction. Harvester Press, Brighton, UK. ISBN 9780710800671 

1979 

  • Evans, Mary and Morgan, David, (eds.) (1979) Work on women: a guide to the literature. Tavistock Publications Ltd., London, UK. ISBN 9780422771306

 

 

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