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The C19 Circuit Presents

Novel Commonplaces: or, Why Do Nineteenth Century American Women Writers Quote so Much? 

7PM, Thursday Nov. 2, 2017

Event Space at TAMU-CC University Center Bayview 320 

Quotation is such a common and enduring custom that we seldom consider its conventions of practice. Join us at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi as Dr. Claudia Stokes provides a history of quotation, tracing its origins in antiquity to its particular popularity in the United States of the nineteenth century, when quotation became especially favored among women writers and African American writers. Quotation served as an unlikely vehicle for the transformation of American authorship and the rise of writers outside the conventional status quo.

This talk is free and open to the public.

This event was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Part of the C19 Circuit, this event is co-sponsored by C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. Additional support provided by the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi English Department.


Previously on the C19 Circuit  

An Open Discussion on Using and Protecting C19 Archives

4-6 PM, Thursday October 15th 2015

Event Space at 244 Greene Street, New York University, NYC


A year and a half ago at the North Carolina C19 conference, a group met to discuss forming an "Archives Caucus" -- a group of scholars and librarians who would pool their expertise in the service of keeping us informed about and acting to protect the manuscript, print, and digital resources that undergird our scholarship.  In this open meeting in New York City  Mike Kelly (Amherst College Library), Andy Stauffer (UVA / Nines), and Meredith McGill (Rutgers) will each give brief presentations on matters of concern to those who work with 19th century materials;  we'll then open up discussion as to priorities and possible actions to take before the C19 March Conference at Penn State.  This meeting is open to anyone who'd like to join the conversation;  current C19 President Karen Sánchez-Eppler will be there to answer questions and help plot the way forward.  



Philip, or the Indian Chief a tragedy in four acts (1838)

12:00-3:00 PM, Saturday February 14th 2015

Ruggles Hall, the Newberry Library, Chicago

Free and open to the public

Light refreshments will be served

Join in a public reading and discussion of a previously unknown nineteenth-century manuscript play, recently acquired by the Newberry Library. This fascinating original play set during King Philip’s War was written by Jehiel Lillie, a 26 year-old cadet at the Norwich Military Academy, and was performed at the academy in 1838 by a troupe of fellow students. Couched in self-consciously Shakespearian language and situations, “Philip, or the Indian Chief” provides a romanticized but complex account of Native and British interactions. The play assesses the mixed motivations that prompt war and explicitly critiques the notion of “a war of extermination.”

The reading will be framed by brief presentations on the manuscript itself, literary education at the military academy, race in nineteenth-century theatricals, and the Native context of King Philip’s War and the 1838 Cherokee “Removal" by Will Hansen, Curator of Americana at the Newberry Library; Karen Sánchez-Eppler, Professor of American Studies and English at Amherst College; Brigitte Fielder, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison; and Frederick Hoxie, Professor of History at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

If you would be interested in reading a part please contact

Karen Sánchez-Eppler, President of C19, at kjsanchezepp@amherst.edu

Part of the C19 Circuit, this event is sponsored by

The Newberry Library and C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists and

The Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago

                                                            More information at http://www.newberry.org/