Like her mother, Mary Shelley lived the life of a woman intellectual. Engaging public issues through her writing she offered a multifaceted view of the existing world through the speculative lens of other social and political possibilities. As a divine warning and portent of what to come, she was, in the etymological sense, a monster.
Jane Anna Gordon
Jane Anna Gordon teaches and directs the graduate program in Political Science at UCONN. She is the co-author of Of Divine Warning: Reading Disaster in the Modern Age and author of Creolizing Political Theory: Reading Rousseau through Fanon. Her essay “Theorizing Contemporary Practices of Enslavement: A Portrait of the Old and New” won the American Political Science Association 2012 Foundations in Political Theory Best Paper Prize. She is currently completing two book projects, The Politics of Richard Wright: Perspectives on Resistance (University Press of Kentucky, 2018), which she co-edited with Cyrus Ernesto Zirakzadeh and Statelessness and Contemporary Enslavement. She is former President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association (2013-2016).
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The first woman to paint the official portrait of a U.S. president, Greta Kempton also painted Cabinet officials, governors, senators, the head of the Atomic Energy Commission, two Postmasters General, a Supreme Court justice, several university presidents, and a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. But what would have happened if she had painted a self-portrait?