Born March 8, 1938, in New York, NY; daughter of Louis G. (an international consultant in the shoe industry) and Gertrude (Appel) Feman; divorced; children: Nadine Monica, Claudia Danielle. Education: Brandeis University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1959; Radcliffe College, M.A., 1961; Northwestern University, further graduate study, 1962; New York University, Ph.D., 1971; also studied at Middlebury college, summer, 1956, and Sorbonne, University of Paris, and Ecole du Louvre, both 1957-58. Religion: Jewish. Memberships: Association Internationale pour l'Etude de Dada et du Surrealisme, Modern Language Association of America, Society for Religion in Higher Education, Society for Values in Higher Education. Addresses: Home: 711 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10025. Office: Department of English, Douglass College, New Brunswick, NJ 08903.
High school French teacher in Lexington, MA, 1963-64; University of Paris, Paris, France, Charge de cours on English language and American literature, 1971-72; Douglass College, New Brunswick, NJ, assistant professor of English, beginning 1974, acting chairperson of women's studies department. Lecturer on women and art history; cofounder of Women's Salon (New York, NY).
- The Theatre of the Marvelous: Surrealism on the Contemporary Stage, New York University Press, 1975.
- (Author of introduction) Leonora Carrington, La Dama Oval (title means "The Oval Lady"), Capra, 1975.
- The Reflowering of the Goddess, Pergamon Press (New York, NY), 1990.
- (Editor with Irene Diamond) Reweaving the World: The Emergence of Ecofeminism, Sierra Club Books (San Francisco, CA), 1990.
- Multi-Cultural Celebrations: The Paintings of Betty La Duke, 1972-1992, Pomegranate Artbooks (San Francisco, CA), 1993.
Contributor to journals in the arts and to feminist publications including Ms., Feminist Art Journal, and Woman Art. Associate editor of Shantih: A Quarterly of International Writings; contributing editor of Feminist Art Journal; member of staff of Woman Art.
Gloria Orenstein Writes: "I am very interested in the relationship between consciousness and creativity. I am also interested in the female tradition in the arts and its contribution to intellectual and cultural history." She has traveled in Mexico and Europe, and lived in Italy. She is doing research on the salon tradition.