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School’s Open (Somehow!) Watch out for Kids [Year of the Woman Discussion Group]

September 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

(ONLINE – RSVP for link)
Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote children as some of her primary literary characters, as did author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne and Harriet knew each other, and both of them published their most successful books between 1850 and 1852.
To kick off the fall we’ll watch for connections among three mid-19th-century girls: Pearl from Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter and Eva and Topsy from Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
We’ll consider questions like these about Pearl, Eva, and Topsy:
Are they simply stereotypes, or are they in some ways believable to us today?
What does their behavior tell us about the role of children, especially girls, at that time?
What insight does Topsy give us into Harriet’s views of race?
What does the last we hear of each of them tell us about expectations for women, white and Black, in that era?
Co-Leaders: – John Getz, Professer Emeritus, Department of English, Xavier University – Rebecca Thacker, Doctoral Candidate and Charles Phelps Taft Fellow, Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of Cincinnati
RSVP required to get the Zoom link. Suggested reading and full discussion series here: https://stowehousecincy.org/year-of-the-woman-discussion-series.html
Year of the Woman Discussion Series sponsored by Ann Lugbill & Associates.


September 2, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Cincinnati, OH 45206 United States
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