Academic Historian

Trysh Travis, Associate Professor in the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research at the University of Florida, is a literary and cultural historian specializing in the gendered history of books and reading. Her book The Language of the Heart: a Cultural History of the Recovery Movement from Alcoholic Anonymous to Oprah Winfrey, was published in 2009 by the University of North Carolina Press, and she is a founder and co-managing editor of Points: the Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society:’s work on popular literature, spirituality, and gender has appeared in publications ranging from American Quarterly to Bitch: Feminist Responses to Popular Culture.


Is The Help Realistic? It Depends.

Image Ownership: Public Domain In the essay below, Associate Professor Trysh Travis of the University of Florida’s Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research Center explores some of the controversy surrounding Kathryn Stockett’s novel The Help, which has also become a major film of the … Read MoreIs The Help Realistic? It Depends.