Area of Expertise
Women in fiction; gender issues; feminist literary criticism; modern and contemporary fiction; women writers, including Virginia Woolf, Doris Lessing, Shirley Jackson, Margaret Atwood, Margaret Drabble, Toni Morrison, and Barbara Kingsolver
Roberta Rubenstein has published six critical studies of modern and contemporary women writers, including, most recently, Virginia Woolf and the Russian Point of View (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), Literary Half-Lives: Doris Lessing, Clancy Sigal, and Roman à Clef (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), and Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook After Fifty (a collection of essays co-edited with Alice Ridout and Sandra Singer; Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Her Reminiscences of Leonard Woolf (Cecil Woolf Publishers, 2005) traces her friendship with Virginia Woolf's husband. She was named American University's Scholar Teacher of the Year in 1994 and recipient of the MLA Florence Howe Award for Feminist Scholarship in 1999.