Come Aboard Our Ship of Folly will examine the work of feminist artist, writer, and anti-psychiatry activist Kate Millett in order to trace a series of significant but overlooked connections between feminism and political critiques of psychiatric authority in postwar American art and aesthetic practice. This essay will argue that both the feminist and anti-psychiatric dimensions of Millett’s work—as well as the correlations between them—can only be fully understood when considered alongside her career-spanning engagement with specific formal and aesthetic questions in her art practice.
Leon J. Hilton’s research interests include modern and contemporary theater and performance, disability studies, gender and sexuality studies, and visual culture. His writing has appeared in GLQ, the Journal of Popular Music Studies, Dance Research Journal, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and TDR/The Drama Review, where he was also Managing Editor from 2011-2013. He has taught at NYU, Cal State-Northridge, and Occidental College. He is an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow of the Penn Humanities Forum at the University of Pennsylvania.