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Emily Brontë’s Scraps of Paper

Date & Time:
November 15, 2017 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Location:
Archives and Special Collections, Taylor Family Digital Library 510
Speaker:
Deborah Lutz, University of Louisville

Deborah Lutz is Professor and Morton Endowed Chair at the University of Louisville. Her writing has appeared in numerous journals, collections, and newspapers, including the New York Times; Novel: A Forum on Fiction; Victorian Literature and Culture; The Oxford History of the Novel in English, and Cabinet. She is the editor of the fourth Norton Critical Edition of Jane Eyre.

Her most recent book, The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects (W.W. Norton, 2015), was shortlisted for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography and was translated into Japanese in 2017. By taking seriously the Brontë sisters’ notion that the self could inhere in souvenirs, mementos, books, and paper, this book investigates artifacts from their everyday lives. Lutz uses biographical facts linked to specific possessions—gleaned from close study of the objects themselves—and their place in the Brontës’ writing to investigate the cultural history they illuminate. What results is an account of women’s work in the home (including the labor of writing) and of close, collaborative relations between women.

This event is free and open to the public.