Scribbling Women: An Exhibit of Early-American Women Writers

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Scribbling Women
An Exhibit of Early-American Women Writers
Mon, May 1, 7pm

Scribbling Women, an exhibit curated by students at Utah Valley University, highlights the important, wide-ranging, and—regrettably—mostly forgotten work of America's 19th century female writers. Many people can list a few female authors from this period, including Emily Dickinson, Louisa May Alcott, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, but what about Margaret Fuller, Caroline M. Kirkland, Lydia Maria Child, or Catherine Sedgwick? The latter were among —in the United States prior to the Civil War.

The provocative title, Scribbling Women, plays on a comment made by Nathaniel Hawthorne, who in 1855 complained that women writers were diminishing his chances at publication. "America," he wrote, "is now wholly given over to a d----d mob of scribbling women, and I should have no chance of success . . ." Hawthorne's comments reflected and reinforced the notion that the works of female writers were not serious and as too popular. Fortunately, in the final decades of the 20th century, scholars began to recover and rediscover women’s "lost" lives and works. This exhibit contributes to this important project. To borrow a phrase from women's studies scholar Judith Fetterley, it is "recovery made visible." The exhibit includes original manuscript letters, first-editions, rare images, biographies, books to borrow, and a whole lot more.

Location: Main Library Special Collections, Level 4

Contact Information: 801-524-8200