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‘Something Akin to Freedom’: African-American Women’s Writing in the Nineteenth Century

Event Details

June 8, 2017 6:30 PM
Location: African American Museum of Iowa
55 12th Ave. SE
Cedar Rapids , Iowa, 52401

Event Description

Whether their topics were slavery, war, freedom, community, or family, African-American women in the nineteenth century contended with restrictions on what they could and could not write. As writers, they maneuvered within those restrictions in fascinating ways. Rebecca Entel, Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Cornell College, will discuss a range of writers and their positions within the larger context of nineteenth-century publishing. She will also talk about how her research on slave narratives and the literature of the Civil War informed her new novel, Fingerprints of Previous Owners.

Rebecca Entel is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Wisconsin and is an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Cornell College. Her research and teaching areas include war literature, the slave narrative, literature and social justice, and Caribbean literature. A fiction writer, she also teaches creative writing. Her articles on Civil War literature have appeared in journals and essay collections such as American Periodicals and The Art and Culture of the U.S. Civil War, and her short stories have appeared in such journals as Guernica and Joyland Magazine. Her first novel, Fingerprints of Previous Owners, will be published in June.

Funding for this program was provided by Humanities Iowa