Associate Director and Senior Lecturer, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Washington University in St. Louis
Barbara Baumgartner’s teaching and research interests are rooted in her educational and professional backgrounds in literature and medicine. A BS in Nursing and PhD in English she combines her interests in the body and medicine with her study of nineteenth-century American literature. Her current research examines the ways in which women’s bodies were represented, discussed, and understood in nineteenth-century medical texts, medical journals, and popular literature.
Lecturer, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Washington University in St. Louis
Amy Cislo researches the history of the body from medieval Europe to contemporary America. Her current work focuses on the changing perception of the body in sixteenth-century German medical writing. She has researched the works of Paracelsus (1493-1541) to demonstrate how his notion of corporeality emerged from his consideration of human birth for her book Paracelsus’s Theory of Embodiment: Conception and Gestation in Early Modern Europe (2010).