Welcome to the Feminist Spectator, an award winning blog for criticism about the arts!

The Feminist Spectator ruminates on theatre, performance, film, and television, focusing on gender, sexuality, race, other identities and overlaps, and our common humanity. It addresses how the arts shape and reflect our lives; how they participate in civic conversations; and how they serve as a vehicle for social change and a platform for pleasure. It’s accessible to anyone committed to the arts’ political meanings.

I’m a writer who loves going to the theatre and the movies, watching television, reading novels, and then thinking about what all of it means. I teach at Princeton University, in the English Department and in the Lewis Center for the Arts Theatre Program. I also direct Princeton’s Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. I believe in quality writing about the arts and the importance of the arts to social life. I also believe the arts do and should give us pleasure and hope, as well as inspiring our creativity and a more expansive sense of what our lives together can be.

–Jill Dolan, The Feminist Spectator

3 thoughts on “About

  1. Do you ever write about graphic novels and/ or comics? I’d be so interested to know some of your thoughts on the medium. In particular, artists like Julie Doucet, Alison Bechdel, Gabrielle Bell, Ariel Schrag… seem worthy of feminist spectator attention. If they’ve already received it, by you or colleagues you respect, I’d certainly appreciate any recommended reading or further direction you might be able to suggest.

    Hi! Wanted you to know we’re fans of your site/comments! We included a link to your post on THE HUNGER GAMES in our latest blog post (the film comes to home video on Saturday, that’s our business), so hopefully you’ll see an uptick. Also liked your most recent post on Chely Wright so just tweeted that. Congratulations on the site winning an award & your upcoming publications! We’re paying attention!

  3. Jill, Thanks for your lovely review of the Galway production of ‘Midsummer’ by Andrew Flynn ft. Galway Youth Theatre and Galway Community Theatre. I loved this play with songs when I saw it yesterday at the Nun’s Island Theatre in Galway. I have posted up your review on my Facebook page.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *