Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 16:15
ST 290


The Gipson Institute is pleased to present Dr. Patricia A. Matthew, associate professor of English at Montclair State University for her talk, "I Have No Master: Marriage and/as the Transatlantic Slave Trade" to be held on March 28 at 4:10 p.m. in STEPS 290.

This lecture focuses on The Woman of Colour, A Tale and Mansfield Park and shows how the anonymous author of Woman of Color and Jane Austen use the marriage market and its laws to comment on women’s oppression and its links to institutions of slavery. With heroines whose subject positions shift as they travel from slave culture to slave culture (Olivia Fairfield from Jamaica to Bristol and Fanny Price from Portsmouth to Northampton and the world of Mansfield Park) and for whom marriage offers tantalizing access to security, both novelists use metaphors and narrative tropes that evoke the slave trade—the middle passage, slave markets, and women’s slave narratives, and the 1772 Somerset decision settled by Lord Mansfield. Further, Olivia and Fanny both rely on enslavers for their material stability. Both women are willing to “yield up” their independence, but, as Amma Asante makes clear in her film “Belle” their doing so highlights the limits of abolitionist sentiments, protest, and respectability politics.

Patricia Matthew is an associate professor of English at Montclair State University and writes about the history of the novel and British abolition-ist literature and culture. Her work has been published in various journals and magazines including Women’s Writing, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, the Keats-Shelley Journal, PMLA, European Romantic Review (with Manu Chander), The Atlantic and Lapham's Quarterly. She is currently writing a book on sugar, gender, and protests in nineteenth-century literature. She is also a specialist in diversity and inclusion in higher education and the editor of Written/Unwritten: Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure (UNC Press, 2016).

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 12:00
Humanities Center

Announcing the Spring 2019 Brown Bag Series!

Bring your lunch and join us for scholarly discussions on a diverse range of topics in American and world history! Lectures will take place from 12-1 PM in the History Commons, MG 342 (except for the Apr. 3 talk/luncheon held in the Humanities Center).

March 7th
Kevin Kirner, Lehigh University
"Reverb: Music, Place, and People"

April 3rd
Lunch at Humanities Ctr., 12PM
Adam Suttcliffe, King’s College
"The Jewish Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism: Judaism, Money and History in German Thought, from the Young Hegelians to the First World War"

April 25th
Rebecca Shumway, College of Charleston
"West African Roots of Pan-Africanism: Fanteland (Ghana), 1800-1875"

May 2nd
Uğur Z. Peçe, Lehigh University
"What’s in a Name? The Language of Violence in the Late Ottoman Empire"


If interested in presenting, please contact Professor Nitzan Lebovic at