FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 6, 2006
MUW’s Southern Women’s Institute welcomes first
By Jill D. O’Bryant
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Mississippi University for Women
will welcome its first visiting scholar at its
Southern Women’s Institute for the spring 2006
Dr. Anne Goodwyn Jones of Gainesville, Fla., will
teach an upper level seminar called “Rewriting the
South: Contemporary Southern Women Writers.”
She will lead the class in looking at films and
reading stories, novels and poems that demonstrate
the wide range of cultures and experiences to be
found today among women in the South.
The class also will read work from Native American,
Puerto Rican, Cuban, African-American, Scots-Irish,
Anglo and Creole cultures and will read work that
ranges from the working class to the upper class
while examining the continuity of southern women’s
traditions, the effects of change and how they write
about men, family and sexuality.
In addition to the class, Dr. Jones plans to do some
writing, give talks and organize a panel of scholars
for Women’s History Month.
“I’m really excited that we are getting a scholar of
her caliber,” said Dr. Bridget S. Pieschel, director
of the Southern Women’s Institute.
Dr. Jones earned a bachelor’s degree from Hollins
College and a doctorate from the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also did a year’s study
at Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology in
She has taught at UNC-Chapel Hill; Allegheny College
in Meadville, Penn.; The Graduate Institute for the
Liberal Arts at Emory University in Atlanta; Chiba
University in Japan; University of Florida in
Gainesville; and University of Missouri in Rolla.
Jones was a visiting professor at the Center for the
Study of Southern Culture at the University of
Mississippi this fall, and she has served one year
as a visiting professor at University of Missouri,
Rolla, and one year as a resident fellow at Virginia
Foundation for the Humanities in Charlottesville.
“I’ve spent my career studying southern women
writers and southern women’s history,” she said.
“Nothing could make me happier than to be teaching
and talking about these subjects as part of the
first institute I know of dedicated specifically to
southern women and to be working at MUW with its
commitment to the education of women.
“My undergraduate years were spent at Hollins in
Virginia, and although I griped about the lack of
men at the time, now I recognize the range and depth
of the benefits that come with an education and a
women’s college. As a university for women that now
admits men, MUW seems to offer it all.”
Co-editor and author of two books, she currently has
four books in progress: “William Faulkner: Southern
Masculinities in the ‘Kotex Age,’” “Theory and the
Good Old Boys: Manhood and Writing in the Southern
Renaissance,” “Faulkner’s Daughters: Women Writers
of the Southern Renaissance” and “The Lamar Memorial
Lectures for 2007.”
The Southern Women’s Institute, which is housed in
Orr Chapel on the MUW campus, serves as a
multi-disciplinary center for the study of southern
women in both traditional and non-traditional roles.
The goals of the Institute are to serve as a
gathering place for learning and research, to
promote research on women in areas of leadership,
health, art and business and to become a repository
for southern women’s and MUW’s history.
For more information about the Southern Women’s
Institute, please call (662) 241-6125.