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Traveling Women in the Eighteenth Century

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ClassGraphic Our understanding of the expansive, dynamic, and often chaotic eighteenth-century Atlantic world is derived largely in part from the stories of men – from Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe to Olaudah Equiano’s autobiographical narrative of his life as a slave and sailor. As a result, we envision the transatlantic world as the purview of adventurous, sea-faring men. In reality, however, women too criss-crossed the Atlantic Ocean during this period as observers, settlers, slave owners, Indigenous subjects, and forcibly dislocated enslaved people. Their overlooked stories offer new knowledge about a period when modern ideas about gender and race were emerging and in flux. In this lecture, we will explore the ways in which women redefine and challenge masculine accounts of the colonial transatlantic through three texts from around the American revolutionary period: the pseudonymously-authored The Female American (1767), Janet Schaw’s The Journal of a Lady of Quality (1774-6), and Belinda Sutton’s “Petitions” (1783-1793).

This lecture is free and open to all current OLLI members. This lecture will be presented online via Zoom as a webinar. Webinars require a two-step registration process for security reasons. The first step is to register here on the OLLI Online Registration System. Shortly after registration closes (at noon the day prior to the lecture), you will be sent a link to complete the registration process. Once you have completed this second step, you will be emailed the link to access the webinar. DO NOT share your webinar link, it is specific to you and space is limited.

Speaker: Nina Moon is a PhD Candidate in the department of English at Northwestern. Her dissertation works to recuperate mobile women’s participation in eighteenth-century British colonial discourses and emerging ideologies of race, gender, freedom, and colonialism. She was awarded a short-term fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society, where she will research eighteenth-century women’s correspondence in the spring of 2021.

Class Details

1 Sessions
Weekly - Tue

Virtual - Any Location

MultipleInstructor :
1.Randall Smith2.Fred Gleave 



Please read:  Registration closes noon the day prior to the lecture. Shortly after registration closes all registrants will be sent a link to complete their registration and access the lecture.



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
9/22/2020 - 9/22/2020 Weekly - Tue 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM N/A, Virtual - Any Location  Map Fred Gleave  ; Randall Smith  ClassRoom