Dr. Caroline Woidat will share her experience in the archives researching nineteenth-century women’s writing and discuss reasons why the larger project of textual recovery—that is, the process of locating and re-evaluating their work—is so important to our understanding of history. Beyond tracing connections of prominent women authors to Western New York and its social movements, the talk will provide practical advice for hands-on exploration of nineteenth-century books, newspapers, magazines, and stories. Public access to rare, overlooked, and forgotten texts has been greatly expanded with the availability of digital archives and online collections, and some of these resources will be introduced. Dr. Woidat’s literature course teaching students to create their own editions of nineteenth-century women’s writing is the subject of her forthcoming essay in a book on digital pedagogy, and this lecture will take a similar approach by offering a glimpse of the ways that scholars have shaped literary history and encouraging others to engage with the past through archival investigations of their own.
Caroline Woidat is Professor of English and coordinator of the American Studies and Native American Studies programs at the State University of New York at Geneseo. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University and her B.A. at the University of Notre Dame. Her research and teaching focus upon American women writers, Native American literature, captivity and migration narratives, and nineteenth-century social reform. She received a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008. Her publications include a Broadview Edition of Elizabeth Oakes Smith’s The Western Captive and Other Indian Stories (2015) and essays in Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, MFS: Modern Fiction Studies, Twentieth-Century Literature, and The Journal of American Culture.
Sunday, September 17, 2:00 pm
Avon Village Hall
74 Genesee Street Avon, NY 14414
Free, open to the public, and handicap accessible. Light refreshments will be served.
Come join us for this free program!