"Climates of Escape in Frances Ellen Watkins Harper's Moses"

Julia Hansen

University of Michigan

Julia Hansen is a Frederick Donald Sober Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan, where she received her Ph.D. in 2017. Her book project, Transatlantic Vividness: Imagining at a Distance in Nineteenth-Century Poetry, historicizes and theorizes “the vivid” as an aesthetic category central to nineteenth-century Anglo-American poetics. It argues that popular poems’ heightened, unrealistic descriptions of geographically distant places allegorized the distance between reader and page, making visible readers’ desires for intimacy between daily life and the aesthetic. An article is forthcoming in ELH. She also holds an M.F.A. and has published poems in Prairie Schooner and Shenandoah, among others.


Julia HansenUniversity of Michigan"Climates of Escapes in Frances Ellen Watkins Harper's Moses"Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s call at the end of Iola Leroy (1892) for more African American writers to contribute to “the... [ view full abstract ]


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