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U.K. Professor to Discuss 18th Century Women’s Literature at Duquesne University

A popular 18th century women’s magazine will be the focus of a Wednesday, Sept. 21, lecture hosted by the Department of English at Duquesne University. Dr. Jennie Batchelor, a professor in the University of Kent-Canterbury’s School of English, will discuss The Lady’s Magazine and its importance in the literary world.

In her lecture, Gaining a ‘Footing in the Inclosure’: The Lady’s Magazine and Women’s Literary Histories, Batchelor will argue that The Lady’s Magazine suggests important new paradigms for, and ways of understanding women’s writing and reading in the second half of the 18th century. Batchelor believes these ideas are vital for the future understanding of women’s literary history from this period.

The free lecture, which is open to the public, will be given at 4:30 p.m. in Room 644 of College Hall and followed by a reception.

The Lady’s Magazine, one of the 18th century’s most enduring publications, was published monthly from 1770 to 1832. The magazine’s diverse content was produced by unpaid, mostly anonymous, women and men.

Batchelor is an expert in 18th century studies and serves as co-director of the Centre for Studies in the Long Eighteenth Century at the University of Kent. Her work focuses on women’s writing, representations of gender, work, sexuality and the body, and material culture studies in the 18th century. Batchelor is the author of Women’s Work: Labor, Gender and Authorship, 1750-1830 and Women and Material Culture, 1680-1830.

The event is sponsored by the Department of English in conjunction with the Department of History, the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies and the McAnulty College NEH Endowment Fund. For more information, call 412.396.1425.

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