Literature; Disability Studies; Women’s Studies; Women’s Autobiography; Personal Narrative
Ph.D., Harvard University
M.A., University of Chicago
B.A., Radcliffe College
Mary G. Mason
Mary G. Mason, Professor of English, Emerita, Emmanuel College, was Director of Women’s Studies for ten years. Her doctoral work was in nineteenth century English literature but her major interest has been on the theory and practice of women’s life narratives and more recently, in Disability Studies. She has been a Bunting Fellow, a Mellon Fellow and a Visiting Scholar at Wellesley’s Center for Research on Women. She was an artist in residence at Virginia Center for the Arts and Cummington Community of the Arts.
Mary Mason’s memoir helped her to focus her interest on issues for disabled women and the disability community. She has written books on disabled women’s work lives and on mothers with disabilities. Her present project is to examine aging with a disability, both how it is perceived by others and how it is perceived personally, particularly around issues of exclusion.
Mason, Mary Grimley. Working Against Odds: Stories of Disabled Women’s Work Lives. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2004.
Mason, Mary Grimley. Taking Care: Lessons from Mothers with Disabilities. University Press of America, 2012.