New Perspectives on 19th-Century Girlhood in American Art & Literature
Monday: December 10, 2012
FEE: $25 individual lectures
A coffee reception and gallery viewing will follow each program. Reading lists and bibliography will be provided.
Topic: Growing Pains: Representing Girlhood in Nineteenth-Century American Literature
Speaker: William Gleason, William Gleason, Professor and Chair of English, Princeton University
How did American writers reflect, and at times shape, the cultural obsession with girls and girlhood in the nineteenth century? Concentrating on works by such authors as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Louisa May Alcott, and Henry James, Dr. Gleason will examine how representations of girls and young women, in literature for both children and adults, registered and also contributed to profound cultural changes in the very ideas—and ideals—of childhood and adulthood, sex and gender, maturity and marriage.
Images (banner and top to bottom):
Abbott Handerson Thayer, Angel, 1887, Oil on canvas; 36 1/4 x 28 1/8 in., Smithsonian American Art Museum;
Gift of John Gellaty
Edward Lamson Henry, Kept In, 1889, Oil on canvas; 14 x 18 inches, Fenimore Art Museum