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March 24 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Background/Foreground Series: Emily Dickinson & Benjamin Franklin
Michelle Neely, Assistant Professor of English, Connecticut College, is currently finishing a book project, entitled Against Sustainability: The Unlikely Environmentalisms of 19th-Century American Literature, which explores environmental paradigms emergent in the 19th-century in the context of 19th and 21-century struggles for social and ecological justice. One chapter examines Dickinson’s complex poetics of desire. Neely also has an essay in progress on Benjamin Franklin’s Revolution-era writings, which frequently use foodstuffs (and in particular, “Indian corn”) to distinguish a uniquely American body from a beef-fed British citizen’s body. Neely teaches the work by both Dickinson and Franklin in her classes at Connecticut College.
Free with Museum admission.