Margaret Schwartz

Margaret Schwartz

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  • PhD, University of Iowa

  • Dr. Schwartz is a feminist materialist media theorist with particular interest in the role of embodiment in communicative praxis. She understands communication to be, at its base, a radical encounter between self and other. Her work seeks to move past a politics of representation into what poet Francesca Lisette has called "revolutionary tenderness": a theoretical attentiveness to practices of care as sites of resistance and reinvention. Her first book, Dead Matter, looked at the corpse as the center of cultural assemblages of mourning, martyrdom, and celebrity. Her current project is an essay on feminist ontology in the digital age, and her next book project will be about translation as a model for communication ethics.

    Dead Matter: The Meaning of Iconic Corpses. University of Minnesota Press, 2015. Named a “new and noteworthy” book by Times Higher Education, January 18, 2016.

    “Diana’s Rings: Fetishizing the Royal Couple” in Cobb and Ewen, eds. First Comes Love: Power Couples, Celebrity Kinship, and Cultural Politics. New York: Bloomsbury Academic Press, forthcoming.

    “An Iconography of the Flesh: How Corpses Mean as Matter.” communication + 1. Volume 2, Number 1 (Fall 2014). Lead article.

    “An Absolutely Patient Action: The Translator as a Figure of Ethical Communication.”  [sic]: A Journal of Literature, Culture, and Literary Translation.  Year 2, Number 1, 12/2011.

    “The Horror of Something to See: Celebrity ‘Vaginas’ as Prostheses” in Holmes and Negra, eds.  In the Limelight and Under The Microscope: The Forms and Functions of Female Celebrity, Continuum, 2011.

    • Race, Class and Gender in Media
    • Fashion as Communication: The Syntax of Style
    • Gender Images in Media
    • Mediated Communication and Social Theory