Faculty Profile

Carey Kaplan, PhD

Professor of English

Ph.D. University of Massachusetts
M.A. University of Chicago
B.A. Barnard College

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I am interested in collaborative composition, critical theory, feminist theory, queer studies and women’s writing. I was the driving force behind the establishment of the gender studies program and co-teach a course in this program every spring. I also teach Critical Theory, British Modernism, 18th Century Literature and Women’s Literature.

I have published books on Doris Lessing and on canon formation (The Canon and the Common Reader.) I also have published extensively together with my colleague Susan Kuntz (Psychology) on developing a gender studies program in a Catholic college.


"Teaching Gender at the Borders," written with Patricia Delaney, Gender at the Crossroads: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives: Publication of the 3rd. International Conference on Women's Studies, Eastern Mediterranean University Press, ed. Nurten Kara, 2010.

"You Can’t Be Old Before You are Young: Aging and Pedagogy," written with Susan Kuntz, Feminist Teacher, Vol. 18, no. 2, 2008

"Women in God’s Country: Teaching Gender Studies at Saint Michael’s College," written with Susan Kuntz, chapter in Women in Catholic Higher Education: Border Work, Living, Experiences, and Social Justice, ed. Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber and Denise Leckenby, Lexington Books, 2003.

"Women in God's Country: Gender Studies at a Small, Catholic College," written with Susan Kuntz, chapter in Feminist Pedagogy, ed. Maralee Mayberry and Ellen Rose, Routledge, 1999

"Way Out at Saint Michael’s College," chapter in Lesbians in Academia, ed. Beth Mintz and Esther Rothblum. Routledge, 1997

“On the Other Side of Silence,” written with Ellen Cronan Rose, chapter in Lesbians and Their Friends, ed. Esther Rothblum and Jackie Weinstock. New York University Gay and Lesbian Studies Series, general editor, Karla Jay. NYU Press, 1996

“Anxieties of Influence,” review, Novel, Spring, 1995

"Strange Bedfellows: Feminist Collaboration," written with Ellen Cronan Rose, Signs, Spring, 1993

"Technologies of the Self," review, Burlington (Vt.) Free Press, 28 February 1988

"Eve Bertelsen's Doris Lessing," review, Doris Lessing Newsletter, Winter, 1986

"Doris Lessing and Jane Somers," review, Doris Lessing Newsletter, Spring, 1985

"Britain's Imperialist Past in Doris Lessing's Futurist Fiction," in Doris Lessing: The Alchemy of Survival, Ohio University Press, 1988. First presented at the Modern Language Association Convention, Washington, D.C., December, 1984

"A Womb With a View: Doris Lessing's Four-Gated City," Doris Lessing Newsletter, Spring, 1983

"A Vision of Power in Margaret Drabble's The Realms of Gold," Journal of Women's Studies in Literature, Summer, 1979. Reprinted in Critical Essays on Margaret Drabble, ed. Ellen Cronan Rose (G. K. Hall, 1985). First given as a paper at the Women and Society Symposium, Saint Michael's College, 1979

"Sisyphus," (poem), The Cultural Worker, Spring, 1977

"An Experiment in Innovative Teaching in a Small, Conservative, Liberal Arts College," The Radical Teacher, Spring, 1977


The Canon and the Common Reader, written with Ellen Cronan Rose, University of Tennessee Press, 1990

Teaching Approaches to Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook, ed. with Ellen Cronan Rose, Modern Language Association, 1989

Doris Lessing: The Alchemy of Survival, ed. with Ellen Cronan Rose, Ohio University Press, 1987

Proceedings: Women and Society Symposium, ed. with Buff Lindau, Saint Michael's College Press, 1981

Awards, Honors and Grants:

Faculty Appreciation Award for professional excellence, Saint Michael's College, 1998

Jackie M. Gribbons Leadership Award, Vermont Council of Women in Higher Education, 1997

Faculty Development Grant, $1400, with Dean Susan Kuntz, for continuing development of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program, 1997

Excellence in Scholarship Award, Saint Michael’s College, 1992

Listing in Who's Who in American Women; Who's Who In Vermont; Who's Who in the World

Excellence in Teaching Award, Saint Michael's College, 1989.

Distinguished Teaching Award, Saint Michael's College, 1987

Award from NEMLA and Ohio University Press for best book of literary theory submitted by a NEMLA member, 1986.

President, Doris Lessing Society (international scholarly society of 200-plus members), 1984-87

Grants for research and travel from Saint Michael's, 1982-1988

National Endowment for the Humanities and Vermont Council on the Humanities grants in connection with Saint Michael's Jubilee Year, 1979-80, notably a grant to bring outstanding women writers to the campus for lectures, readings and workshops. The writers who participated were: Mary McCarthy, Tillie Olsen, Margaret Atwood, Grace Paley and Lisa Alther

Distinguished Teaching Award, Saint Michael's College, 1979

Vermont Council on the Humanities grants for three-day symposium, Women and Society, 1979

Danforth Grant for two-day symposium, Women in Focus II, 1974

Susan Kuntz, professor of psychology, and Carey Kaplan, professor of English, presented a paper, "Life Narrative and Intergenerational Pedagogy" at the 2nd Global Conference, "Storytelling:  Global Reflections on Narrative," in Salzburg, Austria, on November 7, 2012.

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