Annette Kolodny, Feminist Critic and Scholar, Dies at 78


“Her interest in Native Americans arose with her interest in ecofeminism, because they both dealt with issues of cultural and economic appropriation,” Adele Barker, a friend and former professor who worked with Dr. Kolodny in cultural studies at the University of Arizona, said in an interview.

She added, “The issues that lay at the heart of feminism, issues of power and oppression, lay at the heart of all her work.”

Annette Kolodny was born on Aug. 21, 1941, on Governors Island in New York Harbor, where her father, David Kolodny, a dentist, was stationed while in the Army. Her mother, Esther (Rifkin) Kolodny, was a public-school teacher.

Annette grew up in Brooklyn and attended Brooklyn College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1962. She went to work as a low-level employee for Newsweek magazine’s international editions, but, like many women there, she was frustrated.

“Women were not being promoted,” Mr. Peters said, “and she didn’t see a way to go higher.”

She left after a year and studied English and American literature at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her doctorate in 1969.

Her first job after that was teaching at Yale, where she met Mr. Peters, a senior in her class on the contemporary American novel; they were married in 1970. In addition to him, she is survived by her sisters, Nancy Weiner and Edie Kolodny-Nagy.

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