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Writers and Scholars Series - LeeAnne Richardson
Event Type:Academic Featured Event
Location:Alston Campus Center Luchsinger Lounge
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Susan Dougherty
404/471-6030
Department:English Department
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LeeAnne Richardson

“To what excess compelled!”: Sex, Gender, Poetry, and Religion in Michael Field’s “A Dance of Death”

Wednesday, September 11

7 p.m., Luchsinger Fireplace Lounge, Alston Campus Center

Book signing to follow

LeeAnne Richardson is associate professor of English at Georgia State University, where she teaches late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century British literature. Her research centers on questions of gender, autonomy, and power, as demonstrated in her book New Woman and Colonial Adventure Fiction: Gender, Genre, Empire. In it, she argues that the two popular-fiction subgenres explore personal/political power and re-imagine social relations by incorporating the discourse of pressing cultural debates. Michael Field, writer of aesthetic poetry and verse dramas, might seem a far cry from these interests. But Field—pen name of Katherine Bradley and her niece Edith Cooper—literally embodies questions of gender and authority in his authorship. The interpersonal negotiations required for a couple to achieve a single poetic identity mirror the larger cultural negotiations of two women who wanted to be read and reviewed as a man. Their collaboration revised conventional notions of sexuality, in that their relationship was (according to some scholars) definitely sexual, or (according to others) intensely emotional and romantic. 

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