“Making a Scene,” the theme of the 24th annual meeting of the British Women Writers Conference, is illustrated in a student-curated exhibit examining writings by 18th and 19th century women. The exhibit will be on display in the Hargrett Gallery of the Russell Special Collections Libraries through June.
Using memorabilia, photos, books and journals, broadside advertisements, and theatrical cabinet cards, students Holly Gallagher and Maria Chappell, highlight the work of Fanny Kemble, a British actress and writer, whose memoir drew attention to life on her husband’s Georgia plantation and the mistreatment of slaves. The exhibit also focuses on other writers, including Aphra Behn, Elizabeth Inchbald and Susanna Centlivre, and actresses Ellen Terry and Sarah Siddons.
This year’s conference is being hosted by the UGA English Department June 2-5 and held at the Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. Begun in 1991 by graduate students at two northwestern U.S. universities, the BWWC was established as a forum for the sharing of ideas among students of literature, regardless of college affiliation or status as students. The conference focuses on the literary figures and writings of the 18th and 19th centuries, which the conference’s founders note as a distinct time in British women’s history. Those centuries mark the beginnings of the feminist movement, and event founders established the conference to highlight lesser-known female writers or those who have been historically overlooked for their achievements.
More information on the conference is available here: https://bwwc2016.wordpress.com/