Hartwick Welcomes Scholar Booth for Discussion of Literary House Museums

April 14, 2010

Acclaimed scholar Alison Booth will visit Hartwick College at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 22 in the Main Gallery of the Yager Museum of Art & Culture. Her presentation, which is free and open to the public, is titled "Houses and Things: Museums as Collected Biographies."

The houses of authors have been turned into shrines since ancient times; since 1890 British and American writers' former homes have opened to the public in increasing numbers. From Longfellow's house to Carlyle's house, the literary memorial museum is a form of collective biography relating many life narratives that revive a shared heritage, which Booth will discuss during her lecture.

Since 1986 Alison Booth has been a member of the faculty at the University of Virginia, where she is a professor of English. She is co-editor, with Jerome Beaty, Paul Hunter, and Kelly Mays, of the Norton Introduction to Literature, and is editor of Wuthering Heights: A Cultural Edition and Famous Last Words: Changes in Gender and Narrative Closure, and contributed Greatness Engendered: George Eliot and Virginia Woolf. Booth’s How to Make It as a Woman: Collective Biographical History from Victoria to the Present garnered the Barbara “Penny” Kanner Award, given annually by the Western Association of Women Historians in recognition of distinguished achievement in scholarly bibliographic research focusing on women or gender history.

Booth describes her work as a scholar as involving a "feminist approach to cultural studies"; in addition to the aforementioned books, she has published articles on Charles Dickens, the Brontës, and Henry James.

For additional information, contact Hartwick College Babcock Professor of English Susan Navarette at 607-431-4643 or

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