Wednesday, November 21, 2012


University of Missouri

"Mary Wollstonecraft, Author-Ghost: Enlightenment Origins of Modern Feminism"

This lecture considers the ways in which Wollstonecraft has been imagined as speaking from beyond the grave and what that “haunting” means—and has meant—to the history of feminism. Drawing on a fascinating and previously unknown manuscript—the unpublished fictional work called “Ithuriel”—Looser will examine the origins and continued relevance of our centuries-old penchant for imagining Wollstonecraft as a speaking spirit in conversation with both the living and the dead.

Thursday, November 29, 2012
7:30 PM
Center for the Humanities (Knauss 2500)

A reception will follow.

Devoney Looser is Catherine P. Middlebush Chair of English at the University of Missouri, and the author of Women Writers and Old Age in Great Britain, 1750-1850 (Johns Hopkins UP, 2008), the award-winning British Women Writers and the Writing of History, 1670-1820 (Johns Hopkins UP, 2000; paperback 2005), and editor of Jane Austen and Discourses of Feminism (Palgrave Macmillan, 1995) and (with E. Ann Kaplan) Generations: Academic Feminists in Dialogue (U of Minnesota P, 1997). She is co-editor of the Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, has held numerous national and international fellowships, and recently led a 5-week NEH Summer Seminar on “Jane Austen and her Contemporaries.” In addition to being a frequent keynote and plenary speaker, she is also the recipient of multiple awards for teaching, and in her free time skates for a women's flat track roller derby team, the CoMo Derby Dames, under the name "Stone Cold Jane Austen".

Co-Sponsored by Gender and Women’s Studies, the University Center for Humanities, and the College of Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Committee.

For more information, please contact Prof. Christopher Nagle:

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