December 10, 2018
Congratulations to Elizabeth Evans, Gender Studies Concurrent Faculty, on her book's publication!
Threshold Modernism reveals how changing ideas about gender and race in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain shaped - and were shaped by - London and its literature. Chapters address key sites, especially department stores, women's clubs, and city streets, that coevolved with controversial types of modern women. Interweaving cultural history, narrative theory, close reading, and spatial analysis, Threshold Modernism considers canonical figures such as George Gissing, Henry James, Dorothy Richardson, H. G. Wells, and Virginia Woolf alongside understudied British and colonial writers including Amy Levy, B. M. Malabari, A. B. C. Merriman-Labor, Duse Mohamed Ali, and Una Marson. Evans argues that these diverse authors employed the 'new public women' and their associated spaces to grapple with widespread cultural change and reflect on the struggle to describe new subjects, experiences, and ways of seeing in appropriately novel ways. For colonial writers of color, those women and spaces provided a means through which to claim their own places in imperial London.…
"German Presences: Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet and the Question of Authorship" - Prof. Alessia Ricciardi (Northwestern)
Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:00PM - 6:30PM • Special Collections
This seminar, sponsored by the Center for Italian Studies, will investigate a constellation of important literary and critical presences in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan series of novels, including Goethe, Benjamin and Christa Wolf. What are the implications of this potential “German genealogy” of Ferrante’s epic narrative? How does our understanding of this genealogy change when considered in light of the debate about Ferrante’s surmised identity as the translator and scholar of German literature, Anita Raja?…
Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:00PM - 1:00PM • 339 O'Shaughnessy
This extraordinary, timely new collection of essays by the award-winning writer of The Other Side—rooted in her own experience with sexual assault—pursues questions of justice, sexual violence, and retribution.
In 2014, Lacy Johnson was giving a reading from The Other Side, …