Mary Favret will give the department's annual Vincent A. De Luca Lecture on "Frederick Douglass's Pride and Prejudice" on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 4:15 p.m. in JHB 616.
This talk begins by tracking Frederick Douglass's frequent use of the phrase "pride and prejudice" in his journalism of the mid-nineteenth century. How might giving priority to Douglass's "pride and prejudice" alter the way we approach Pride and Prejudice? This work forms part of a larger effort to unsettle the layers of whiteness blanketing the ways Jane Austen's work has been read, taught and disseminated, specifically in the United States.
Mary Favret, Professor of English at Johns Hopkins University, is a specialist in British Romanticism, and late 18th- and early 19th-century literature in English. She is affiliate faculty in the Program for Women and Gender Studies and co-founder of the Hopkins multi-disciplinary research group, The Sensorium of Reading, dedicated to broadening understanding of the phenomenological, sensory and historical dimensions of reading in various media. Linked to that project, her own research pursues a history of obstacles to and difficulties with the practice of reading in a world that demands literacy. When she's not thinking about reading, she tries to figure out the role of race in Jane Austen studies.
Her first book, Romantic Correspondence: Women, Politics and the Fiction of Letters (1993), investigates the ways in which letters in the Romantic period become the vehicle for a political, disruptive force, and how women writers managed that force. War at a Distance; Romanticism and the Making of Modern Wartime (2009) investigates the origin of our modern experience of wartime; a study of affect, media, temporality and literature, it asks how it feels for citizens to go about their daily routines while their country sends soldiers to kill and be killed around the globe.
Vincent A. De Luca (1940-1993)
Vincent A. De Luca received his B.A. from Hamilton College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. He taught for six years at Cornell University before joining the faculty at the University of Toronto. In addition to writing articles on Romantic-period literature, Professor De Luca authored two books: Thomas De Quincey: The Prose of Vision (Toronto, 1980) and Words of Eternity: Blake and the Poetics of the Sublime (Princeton, 1991). Of the latter, Robert N. Essick observed, “Words of Eternity is one of the dozen or so most important books ever written about Blake’s poetry. De Luca provides a wealth of new insights on every page.”
The Vincent A. De Luca Lecture in Nineteenth-Century Studies is an endowed lecture series at the University of Toronto. Held in honour of our late colleague, the lecture is given by an esteemed scholar, recognized for his or her work in the field of early nineteenth-century literature and culture. Lectures take place yearly during the winter term and attendance is open to faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars.
Professor Jon Mee, University of York
Professor Andrew Elfenbein, University of Minnesota
Professor Ian Duncan, UC Berkeley
Professor Denise Gigante, Stanford University
Professor Judith Pascoe, University of Iowa
Professor Adela Pinch, University of Michigan
Professor Meredith McGill, Rutgers University
Professor Ina Ferris, University of Ottawa
Professor Seamus Perry, University of Oxford
Professor James K. Chandler, University of Chicago
Professor Timothy Morton, University of California
Professor Deidre Lynch, Indiana University
Professor Houston A. Baker Jr., Duke University
Professor Saree Makdisi, University of California
Professor Isobel Armstrong, University of London
Professor Peter J. Manning, State University of New York
Professor Theresa Kelley, University of Wisconsin
Professor Susan Wolfson, Princeton University
Professor Lawrence Buell, Harvard University
Professor John Hollander, Yale University
Professor Herbert Tucker, University of Virginia
Professor Stuart Curran, University of Pennsylvania
Professor Robert Essick, University of California/Riverside