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Lecturer to discuss wartime women

Paula R. Backscheider, the Philpott-Stevens Eminent Scholar at Auburn University, will deliver a lecture focusing on the representations of women during wartime. “Crisis Texts: Staging the Wartime Woman” is part of the Georgia Colloquium in 18th- and 19th-Century British Literature. Open free to the public, the lecture will be held Nov. 11 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 265 of Park Hall.

The lasting, iconic images of many wars are of women. Throughout history, including today, women are captives, hostages, casualties, fighters and objects of propaganda. Offering a brief tour of some of the women who are “crisis texts” created in the 18th century, Backscheider’s talk will identify some resonant examples and core similarities that continue into the present. Backscheider specializes in Restoration and 18th-century literature, feminist criticism and cultural studies.

The lecture is supported by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and the Franklin College of Arts and Science’s English department’s Rodney Baine Lecture Fund.