Sophie and the Dead Feminists

4 March 2019, 12:30 - 14:00

CRASSH Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site

Part of the CRASSH Fellows Work in Progress Seminar Series.  All welcome but please email  Michelle Maciejewska to book your place and to request readings.  A sandwich lunch and refreshments are provided.

Susanna Cerasuolo


My novel Sophie and the Dead Feminists examines the socio-political and cultural paradigm shifts caused by the opening of higher education to women at Girton College Cambridge in 1869. This work arose from my dissertation at Oxford University wherein I analysed the changing architecture of epistemical privilege as a tangible metaphor of shared space and power between the sexes. The project is an interdisciplinary, egalitarian study involving economics, cultural anthropology, and sociology. Drawing on the work of seminal feminists, this novel explores how the higher education and financial liberation of women has altered global economics and relations between the sexes, and attempts to show that the Free Sex Movement of Second Wave Feminism, particularly when combined with contemporary technology, has not led to personal fulfillment for women or men. The novel posits that society requires new, mutually liberated intersexual scripts. 

Susanna Cerasuolo is an author, consultant, and entrepreneur who works to increase access to education for disadvantaged and marginalized people. She is currently preparing an experimental novel for publication, Sophie and the Dead Feminists. Her research centers on the history of women’s education, the natures of masculinity and femininity, and the changing roles between the sexes in light of women’s economic liberation. She graduated from The Ohio State University, Harvard University, and the University of Oxford, and has presented at the Sorbonne, Oxford, and the White House.