Plants and Lancets in Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Lynne Feeley

Harvard University

Lynne Feeley teaches American Studies in the History and Literature Program at Harvard University. She received her doctorate in English from Duke University.  She is at work on a book entitled Ground Plans: Abolition and the Philosophy of Nature, which examines the relationship between abolition and science during the antebellum period.  


Lynne Feeley’s paper on Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl identifies the importance of local plant matter as materia medica. Feeley begins with the observation that when Jacobs falls ill in the garret... [ view full abstract ]


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P87 » Plants, Politics, and Climate (15:45 - Saturday, 24th March, Enchantment E)

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