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24 Oct
Sidestepping the Lobster's Claw: Early British Children's Literature and Atlantic Capitalism
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Lectures, Symposia, Etc.

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Humanities

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Faculty, Graduate Students

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colloquium

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http://humcenter.pitt.edu

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Humanities Center
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Sidestepping the Lobster's Claw: Early British Children's Literature and Atlantic Capitalism

Join the Humanities Center at our Thursday colloquia. Courtney Weikle-Mills (Pitt, English) to discuss her written work, prepared responses by several faculty experts on the topic and then an open discussion among the participants and the audience. The respondents will be Tyler Bickford (Pitt, English) and Laura Lovett (Pitt, History). 

This chapter is about how 18th and early 19th-century children's books like The Governess, The Barbadoes Girl, and The Lobster's Voyage raise uneasy questions related to transatlantic capitalism, having to do, for instance, with challenges to independent decision making, the blurring of lines between humans and objects through both slavery and consumerism (including the emerging English addiction to goods like sugar), and the breakdown of traditional hierarchies. The plots of these stories are forerunners in interesting ways of later texts like Alice in Wonderland and The Secret Garden.

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Thursday, October 24 at 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Humanities Center, 602
Fifth Avenue at Bigelow, Pittsburgh, PA 15260