18th Century Feminisms Lecture at NYPL

Ever wondered what your professors do when they are not sitting at the head of the seminar table? When they’re not downing coffee in their office and chatting with their students? When they’re not hunched over their computers typing away at article drafts? Here’s an opportunity to find out!

Join Department favorite, Dr. Lubey, for a talk she is giving at the New York Public Library on Friday, March 9. The lecture will be held in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building’s South Court Auditorium from 1:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Find out the full details here. The talk is free and open to the public.

The NYPL describes the lecture in more detail:

Kathleen Lubey, a researcher at the Library’s Wertheim Study and Assistant Professor of English at St. John’s University, will contextualize Mary Wollstonecraft’s radical calls for gender equality within the intellectual traditions of English women writers in the decades preceding her feminist treatise A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1791).
Wollstonecraft’s most visible legacies—her daughter Mary Shelley, and modern feminism itself—make her recognizable in our time as a harbinger of democratic and egalitarian ideals.  But in her own time, Wollstonecraft’s calls for total equality for women, as well as her sympathies with French republicanism, alienated her from her female contemporaries and immediate predecessors, who envisioned more subdued programs for women’s improvement and social action.  Frances Burney, Hester Chapone, Anna Barbauld, and the women intellectuals known as the Bluestockings, while recognized as part of a proto-feminist lineage, recoil from the polemical tactics undertaken by Wollstonecraft, offering instead a varied spectrum of strategies for women’s social advancement, such as marriage, publication, private learning, and self-improvement.
Professor Lubey is author of articles on sexuality, pornography, and eighteenth-century culture in Eighteenth-Century Studies, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, anddifferences. Her book Excitable Imaginations: Eroticism and Reading in Britain, 1660-1760 is forthcoming from Bucknell University Press.  “Late Eighteenth-Century Feminisms” is part of a new book project she is writing in the Wertheim Study, examining the relationship between private manuscript and published writing in eighteenth-century literary culture.
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I teach Shakespeare and early modern literature at St. John's in New York City.

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