Research Areas

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's Blog

Chartbook on Women and Disability

Irving Zola Center

Disability Issues

Mary Grimley Mason

Mary Grimley Mason

Mary Grimley 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.

Current Projects

On leave for the current academic year.

Representative Publications

Journeys: Autobiographical Writings by Women 

Life Prints: A Memoir of Healing and Discovery