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WGS Alum Publishes
Guide to Women’s Nonfiction
Jessica Zellers graduated from UNCG in 2003 triple-majoring in English, History, and
Women’s Studies. In addition to being a very dedicated and hardworking student, she
also created Grrls’ Zine, a program which encouraged young girls to use technological,
creative, and social skills to produce an online magazine. Teenage girls from the area
were taught web design and journalism by UNCG oW men’s Studies students and faculty
and in turn produced the magazine which showcased literary and visual
artworks created by their peers.
Following the completion of her undergraduate studies, Zellers went on to pursue a Master’s
degree in Library Science from UNC Chapel Hill. These days she thoroughly enjoys her job
as an Electronic Resources Librarian in iW lliamsburg, Virginia, as she not only gets to be
surrounded by books of all kinds but also gets to share with and help readers.
Zellers has enjoyed reading women’s non-fiction since college, but found it to be a hard
field to navigate. In order to make it a bit easier, Zellers poured her soul into putting
together a reference book called Women’s Nonfiction: A Guide to Reading Interests.
Organized by chapter categories ranging from women’s health, history, activism,
work and more, this book features annotations of nonfiction books about women,
making it easy for anyone to thumb through and find a title of interest. It also offers a
colorful description of each book and a reference to other books that might appeal to
interested readers. Zellers hopes this will be a comprehensive guide for those who enjoy reading
women’s nonfiction.
The target audiences for her publication are libraries and academic departments, as the book offers titles ranging
from popular materials to those that may be more suitable to a scholarly environment. In addition, Zellers hopes
that the book will make the genre more widely accessible to those who prefer more casual reads over strictly
scholarly works. For anyone who has ever wondered what to read next, Zellers compilation, Women’s Nonfiction:
A Guide to Reading Interests, is now available in stores and through
iM chelle Dowd’s book Women’s Work in Early Lisa Levenstein’s book A Movement Without
Modern English Literature and Culture (Palgrave Marches: African American Women and the Politics of
Macmillan, 2009) is the winner of the 2009 Sarah A. Poverty in Postwar Philadelphia (UNC Press) came
hW aley Book Award from the National oW men’s out in April 2009. While countering stereotypes
Studies Association. Dowd draws from 17th century that have long plagued public debate, Levenstein
authors whose texts address the changing nature and uncovers the constraints that led women to
constructions of women’s work. “These narratives public institutions, emphasizing the importance
served a crucial social function, namely to construe not only of deindustrialization and racial
and define the limits of female subjectivity within a discrimination but also of women’s experiences
shifting and contested labor with sex discrimination,
economy. This original inadequate public education,
study attests not only to child rearing, domestic
the social significance of violence, and chronic illness .
women’s work during The book reframes narratives
this period, but also more around the origins of African
broadly to the dynamic American poverty, social
force of fictional narrative policies, and political struggles
in early modern England.” that led to postwar urban crisis.
(Pub. Notes, 2009). Dowd is (Pub. notes, 2009) Levenstein
an Assistant Professor in the is an Assistant Professor of
Department of English. History.
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