New Critics Conference to be held, with keynote address by Prof. Sharon Marcus

The tenth annual New Critics Undergraduate Literature and Composition Conference will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Morris Conference Center on Saturday, April 6. Twenty-seven students will present their scholarly work on literature, and the event will center around a 1:00 p.m. (Craven Lounge) keynote address by Dr. Sharon Marcus, Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

Dr. Marcus is the author of Apartment Stories: City and Home in Nineteenth-Century Paris and London and Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England, a groundbreaking work on gender and sexuality that argued that Victorian women’s friendly, erotic, and even marital bonds with each other were seen as complementary to femininity and heterosexual marriage. She will be speaking about her forthcoming book, The Drama of Celebrity, in which she traces the origins of celebrity culture to the nineteenth century and, especially, to the figure of actor Sarah Bernhardt.

Please refer to the English Department webpage under the New Critics link for a schedule of conference panels. Contact Bianca Tredennick or Konstantina Karageorgos if you have questions.