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Professor From England Shares Views on Childhood Literature

Karin Lesnik-Oberstein visits from the University of Reading

3/14/2005 9:49:52 AM


Karin Lesnik-Oberstein, a professor of English from the University of Reading in Reading, England, shared her views on children’s literature when she spoke March 21 at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.

Lesnik-Oberstein presented “Grist to ‘The Mill on the Floss’ or: Childhood as Text,” in Martin Science Building, Room 315 at 7:30 p.m. The event was free and open to the public.

As part of the junior-year abroad program, R-MWC students are able to spend an academic year attending classes at the University of Reading in England. Each year, a member of Reading’s academic staff is invited to Lynchburg to visit the R-MWC campus.

Lesnik-Oberstein has taught children’s literature to undergraduates and post-graduates at universities such as Oxford, Surrey, Warwick and Reading. Her research interests are in critical theory, cultural studies and feminist theory.

Her March 21 lecture will deal with the childhood sections on Maggie Tulliver’s life in George Eliot’s “The Mill on the Floss.” These sections are among the most famous parts of her work. Their power has always been ascribed to their being rooted in George Eliot’s own childhood experiences. The lecture will consider a possible alternative source for these sections. Lesnik-Oberstein will also discuss why and how such “sources” are thought to matter, and how this relates to critical practices around “childhood” in literature.

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