Poetic Inquiry: Vibrant Voices in the Social Sciences
Monica Prendergrast, Carl Leggo, Pauline Sameshima
This essay presents a series of poems that fictionalize professors’ and students’ experiences and narratives of sexual harassment in the academy through the use of the cartoon character, Hello Kitty. The poems demonstrate administrative and fellow professors’ reactions to the standpoints of women of color, untenured professors, and students that experience harassment. The essay argues that a fictional account is necessary to represent these experiences given the academy’s prevalent power structure. The use of feminist and critical race theory places the poems in the context of the harassment literature and demonstrates how reactions to the presentation of standpoints are an important area to study for understanding how harassment is perpetuated and considered normal behavior in the university system.
academe, critical race theory, feminist standpoint theory, harassment, poetry
Faulkner, S. L., Marie Calafell, B., & Susan Grimes, D. (2009). "Hello Kitty Goes to College". In Poetic Inquiry. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill. doi: https://doi.org/10.1163/9789087909512_017