February 3, 2012: First Fridays Lecture Series presents "The Slave Marriage Plot" - Tess Chakkalakal, Bowdoin College
Join us for our first First Fridays lecture of 2012!
"The Slave Marriage Plot"
Date: Friday, February 3, 2012
Location: Hamilton Smith Hall, room 101
Presented by: Tess Chakkalakal
Associate Professor, Africana Studies and English, Bowdoin College
Humanities Writ Large Fellow, African American Studies, Duke University
Long considered to be mere historical fictions, Chakkalakal reveals the slave-marriage plot of nineteenth-century American literature to be pivotal in reforming institutions of legal marriage. By juxtaposing nineteenth-century authors of women's fiction such as Hentz, Sedgwick, and Southworth with slave fictions by Child, Brown, and Stowe, Chakkalakal offers a timely, and necessary, reassessment of the form and function of the nineteenth-century marriage plot in American literature today.
You can learn more about Prof. Chakkalakal's research in this field on her Bowdoin website: http://www.bowdoin.edu/faculty/t/tchakkal/
This event is free and open to the public. First Fridays lectures are presented with the support of the Edmund G. Miller Fund. For more information, please contact the UNH English Department: (603) 862-1313