Weeds, Women's Work, and Mourning

Lauren Kimball

Rutgers University

Lauren Kimball is a PhD Candidate in English at Rutgers University and a former McNeil Center Dissertation Fellow at the Center for Early American Studies at Penn. Her dissertation is on the role of poetry within spaces of labor in the antebellum U.S. It includes chapters on poetry in the context of the navy frigate and Melville’s novel White-Jacket, in periodical writings by female factory operatives at Lowell, MA, and in the spaces of radical agrarian Fourierist communes such as Brook Farm.


In “Weeds, Women’s Work, and Mourning,” Lauren Kimball will examine the coterie of female factory operatives writing for the Lowell Offering literary magazine (1840-5). These women knew the cultural associations of... [ view full abstract ]


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P79 » “A Plant Out of Place”: The Working of Weeds in the Long 19th Century (14:00 - Saturday, 24th March, Enchantment E)

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