April 15, 2024
Kathleen B. Jones. Photograph credit score: cal.sdsu.edu/

Historical past guided Kathleen B. Jones, the previous head of the Girls’s Research division at San Diego State College, as she wrote her debut novel, to be launched Tuesday.

Cities of Girls (Keylight Books) delves into the lives of two girls, who, although separated by centuries, dare to problem social norms, risking their reputations and livelihoods to pursue their passions.

Jones’ inspiration got here from Guide of the Metropolis of Women by Fifteenth-century author Christine de Pizan, whose works she had beforehand taught in her programs. Specifically, she was captured by one line de Pizan wrote a few expert feminine artist named Anastasia – “no one amongst of Paris can surpass her.” 

And a narrative was born, which Jones dedicates to “all the ladies artists who’ve been made invisible.”

“Nobody has ever found something about Anastasia, not even whether or not she was an actual particular person, or solely an imaginary determine Christine invented to counter the concept all one of the best painters have been males,” the professor emerita mentioned in a SDSU information launch.

“I questioned what it could be like for a contemporary girl, a professor, to turn out to be intrigued by the thought of ‘setting the document straight’ about who truly painted the photographs in Christine’s manuscripts. What would encourage that girl? Would she be keen to threat her profession by appearing on nothing greater than a hunch?”

Jones, who now resides in Connecticut, is ready to affix Kathi Diamant, director of the Kafka Venture at San Diego State, for a reside studying and viewers Q&A.

It’ll happen on the Pan’s Backyard occasion area in Sherman Heights, 506 twenty first St. at 5 p.m. Sept. 12.

Copies of the ebook shall be obtainable on the occasion.

Born and educated in New York Metropolis, Jones taught feminist concept for twenty-four years at SDSU. Moreover scholarly books, she wrote two memoirs, Residing Between Hazard and Love (Rutgers College Press, 2000) and the award-winning Diving for Pearls: A Pondering Journey with Hannah Arendt (Pondering Girls Books, 2015).

Her essays and brief fiction have appeared in Fiction Worldwide, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, The Briar Cliff Assessment, Humanities Journal and The Los Angeles Assessment of Books.

She has obtained a number of grants from the Nationwide Endowment of the Humanities, writers’ grants to the Vermont Studio Heart, an honorary doctorate from Örebro College in Sweden and a distinguished alumni award from the CUNY Graduate Heart.