Margaret Homans is Professor of English and of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She currently serves as Director of Graduate Studies for WGSS at Yale and as President of the International Society for the Study of Narrative. She has published widely on feminist and queer theory and on British and U.S. women writers. Her books include Bearing the Word: Language and Female Experience in Nineteenth-Century Women’s Writing (1986) and Royal Representations: Queen Victoria and British Culture, 1837-1876 (1998), and she is the editor of Virginia Woolf: A Collection of Critical Essays (1993). Her essays include “Amy Lowell’s Keats: Reading Straight, Writing Lesbian” and “‘Racial Composition:’ Metaphor and the Body in the Writing of Race.” She teaches courses on Virginia Woolf, feminist literary criticism, and the intellectual history of feminist and queer theory. Her current project is a book on adoption that investigates how adoption asks questions about normative ideas of family and identity; she also teaches a course on adoption narratives.