March 21, 2005
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Author Jennifer Boylan will give the talk, "She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders," Thursday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University.
Born James Finney, Boylan was a novelist, husband and father. In 2002, after decades of feeling he had been born the wrong gender, Finney had gender-reassignment surgery.
Boylan's memoir, She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders was published in 2003. She will read from the memoir and speak about her life experiences before and after her surgery during her talk at Bucknell, which is free to the public.
According to Boylan, the change was agonizing and supremely liberating. Asked whether she misses being a man, she responds, "I miss pockets."
Born in Valley Forge, Boylan grew up in Newtown Square and Devon. The recipient of degrees from Wesleyan University and Johns Hopkins University, she is professor of English at Colby College.
Boylan is the author of nine novels including She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders. An alternate selection of the Book of the Month Club, her memoir also received a Lambda Literary Award.
Her other novels include The Planets and Getting In. The Planets follows the lives of several fictional characters in Centralia, Pa. Getting In, about four high school students who go on quests to get into college, has been optioned for film by Renny Harlin and Geena Davis.
Boylan's visit to Bucknell is sponsored by Association for the Arts, Committee for Campus Diversity, University Lectureship Committee, Office of LGBT Awareness, FLAG&BT, Office of the Deans of Students, Associate Dean of Diversity Affairs, Race/Gender Resource Center, Women's Resource Center , and the departments of comparative humanities, education, English, and women's and gender studies.
For more information, call 570-577-3303.