The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center (Hartford, CT) and the "Uncle Tom's
Cabin & American Culture" project at the University of Virginia
announce a two-day conference, June 1-2, 2007, to be held at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, CT.
"Uncle Tom's Cabin in the Web of Culture: A Multi-Disciplinary
Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the conference
will bring together twelve nationally known scholars from eight different academic fields - history, African American studies, women's studies, children's literature, art history, music history, drama and literature - to explore the story of Stowe's story as a cultural phenomenon. The presentations will address the larger meanings of Uncle Tom's Cabin in many media and over many periods of America's cultural history. This multi-disciplinary approach will give the participants a rare chance to reach past the boundaries of their fields, and to share their expertise with a wide audience, which in turn will have many chances to interact with the presenters. For more information, visit www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org/utc.shtml or email
snoble@StoweCenter.org to be placed on the mailing list.
Uncle Tom's Cabin, the best-selling novel of the 19th-century,
galvanized the abolition movement in the U.S. before the Civil War and forever altered the way Americans viewed slavery. Harriet Beecher Stowe's most famous work, as controversial today as it was in 1852, remains an iconic text that permeates nearly every area of American culture with particular impact on the ways Americans construct the ideas of race, slavery, gender, the role of religion in public life, popular entertainment and the meaning of American democracy.
Presenting scholars and their topics are:
Joan D. Hedrick, Trinity College
"Stowe's Life and Uncle Tom's Cabin"
Michael Winship, University of Texas at Austin
"History of Uncle Tom's Cabin as a Book"
Mary Kelley University of Michigan,
"Uncle Tom's Cabin and Women's Writing"
Patricia R. Hill Wesleyan University.
"Uncle Tom's Cabin as a Religious Text"
Lois Brown, Mount Holyoke College
"African American Responses to Uncle Tom's Cabin"
Jo-Ann Morgan, Western Illinois University
"Illustrating Uncle Tom's Cabin"
John W. Frick, University of Virginia
"The Ante Bellum Dramatizations of Uncle Tom's Cabin"
Deane L. Root, University of Pittsburgh
"The Songs of Uncle Tom's Cabin"
Louise L. Stevenson, Franklin & Marshall College
"The Novel in the Parlor"
Violet J. Harris University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
"Uncle Tom's Cabin as a Children's Book"
Stephen Railton, University of Virginia
"Uncle Tom's Cabin on Film"
Patricia A. Turner, University of California, Davis
"The Rise and Fall of Eliza Harris: From Novel to Tom Shows to Quilts"
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