Mermaids and the Nineteenth-Century Bildungsroman

Francesca Sawaya

College of William & Mary

Francesca Sawaya is Professor of English and American Studies at the College of William & Mary. She is the author of Modern Women, Modern Work:  Domesticity, Professionalism, and American Writing and The Difficult Art of Giving:  Patronage, Philanthropy, and the American Literary Market, both published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.  She is currently at work on a book about transatlantic feminist theory and narrative in the nineteenth century.    


Why do certain narratives become so important at given historical moments that they become almost a language, almost an environment? This paper tries to think through that question in terms of children’s literature by... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Francesca Sawaya (College of William & Mary)

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Childhood Teleologies: Climates of Growth


S7a » Seminar 7.a: Childhood Teleologies: Climates of Growth I (15:45 - Friday, 23rd March, Boardroom East)

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