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Women's Studies Symposium 2012 Guest Speakers

Stephanie Eckroth, PhD, Baylor University

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Named the 2011 Pantzer New Scholar by the Bibliographical Society of America for her research on gender and authorship in the Romantic novel market, Stephanie Eckroth earned her PhD from Texas Tech and currently is a Lecturer at Baylor University. Her dissertation on anonymity, celebrity, and authorship in the Romantic period was awarded the Outstanding Dissertation in the Humanities Award from Texas Tech and also earned her the Paul Whitfield Horn Professors Graduate Achievement Award. She has published articles on women writers and authorship during the Romantic period. She also serves as the Assistant Editor for the multi-volume Romantic Women Writers Reviewed (Pickering & Chatto, 2011-present).

Presentation Title: What's in a Name?: Women Writers in the Nineteenth-Century Book Market - The longest standing myth about female authorship in the Romantic period comes from Virginia Woolf's statement that “For most of history, anonymous was a woman.” For scholars of Romantic period in Britain, this image of the faceless woman writer churning out novels in shame and obscurity dominates our rhetorical discourse about the motivations behind female authorship after the 1790s. But this myth does not match the realities of production in the Nineteenth-century book market. Women writers not only publically acknowledged their works often more frequently than male writers, but their very names were marketable and profitable commodities. This presentation examines the economic and material conditions of book production in the Romantic book market.

Ann Hawkins, PhD, Professor, English, Texas Tech University

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Ann R. Hawkins specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and culture, where she publishes on the book trade. Her research focuses include the History of the Book, Textual Studies, and the field of Bibliography--which is the study of the 'sociology of the book.'

As a textual scholar, she has published scholarly editions of three nineteenth-century novels: Benjamin Disraeli's Henrietta Temple and Venetia and Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington's Victims of Society. Hawkins has published articles on Disraeli, nineteenth-century women poets, and Lord Byron. She is the editor of the Byron Chronology which traces daily events in the life of George Gordon, Lord Byron, available at Romantic Circles web.

She has published a well-received collection of essays on pedagogy: Teaching Bibliography, Textual Criticism, and Book History, Her Women Writers and the Artifacts of Celebrity in the Long Nineteenth-century, a collection edited with Maura Ives will appear from Ashgate Publishing in early 2012. She is the editor of the ground-breaking Romantic Women Writers Reviewed, 1788-1819, a 24-volume series which collects and edits reviews written of women published in the British periodical press, 3 volumes of which appeared in 2011 from Pickering & Chatto); and a book manuscript, “Byron and the Shakespeare Trade,” part of the research for which was featured in an exhibition at the Folger Shakespeare Library in fall 2007. She has received grants and fellowships from the Helen Jones Foundation, the Edinburgh Centre for the History of the Book, The Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Bibliographical Society of America, among others. She is series editor for Pickering & Chatto's Book History monographs.

Maura Ives, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of English, Texas A&M University

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Maura Ives is Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M University, College Station. A specialist in bibliography, book history, and textual studies, Ives's research focuses on the experience of women writers in Victorian print culture. She is the author or co-editor of three books, including Christina Rossetti: A Descriptive Bibliography (2011), and has published articles on Victorian literature, bibliography, and publishing history in such journals as Textual Cultures, The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies, Studies in Bibliography and Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America.

Presentation Title: Books as Women, Women as Books: Gender and Book Design in the 19th Century - 19th century discussions of book design frequently represent the book as a body to be clothed, with emphasis on what constituted a "suitable" covering for the naked text. Insisting that the visual and material forms of a book should be linked to its content, and using gendered adjectives such as "chaste" and "sober" to praise successful design, Victorian commentators imply that the book's body is female: Victorian books, like Victorian women, were most valued when they expressed the purity and value of their bodies through appropriate coverings, eschewing "showy" display. Over the course of the century, women's authorship complicated the design and marketing of books, doubly gendering them as bodies in themselves, and as representatives of the author's own female body. Drawing examples from the Romantic and Victorian literary periods, I explore the various ways in which book design, especially (but not exclusively) book findings, reflects contemporary expectations and anxieties about the beauty, propriety, and integrity of the female author's body and text.

Jodi Thomas, MS, Writer in Residence, West Texas A&M University

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

A fifth generation Texan who taught family living, Jodi Thomas chooses to set the majority of her novels in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered wagon. A former teacher, Thomas traces the beginning of her storytelling career to the days when her twin sisters were young and impressionable. Honors & Awards include; won a RITA for Welcome to Harmony (2010) and the Booksellers' Best Award for Somewhere Along the Way (2010), The Lone Texan won the Reader's Choice 2009 Best Western Romance from Love Western Romances.com, received the National Readers' Choice Award for two of her books: Twisted Creek (2008) and Tall, Dark and Texan (2008), and was the 11th woman to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame for winning her third RITA in the category of short historical romance for The Texan's Reward (2005).

With a degree in Family Studies, Thomas is a marriage and family counselor by education, a background that enables her to write about family dynamics. Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Thomas enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A & M University campus, where she currently serves as Writer In Residence. Commenting on her contribution to the arts, Thomas said, "When I was teaching classes full time, I thought I was making the world a better place. Now I think of a teacher, or nurse, or mother settling back and relaxing with one of my books. I want to take her away on an adventure that will entertain her. Maybe, in a small way, I'm still making the world a better place."

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Binding Equality: A Women's Studies Symposium

Friday, March 23
Museum of Texas Tech University | 3301 4th Street (SE corner of 4th St. & Indiana Avenue) | Sculpture Court & Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium

Funding provided by the Education Division at the Museum of Texas Tech University

  • 8:30 am - Morning Refreshments (Check In)
  • 8:45 am - Welcome
  • 9:00 am-10:00 am - Session I
  • 10:00 am-10:15 am - Break
  • 10:15 am-11:15 am - Session II
  • 11:30 am-12:00 pm - Guided Gallery Talk & Tour


The Women's Studies Program is proud to announce "Binding Equality: A Women's Studies Symposium" in collaboration with the Museum of Texas Tech University during the month of March (Women's History Month).

The symposium will coincide with the exhibition “Speaking Volumes: Books and Ideas from 1250-1862”. This exhibition will showcase ancient and rare books, documents, and manuscripts from the Remnant Trust.

Note: The exhibition is on view January 28 – April 29, 2012 at the Museum of Texas Tech University.

To preview the exhibition you may visit the Special Exhibitions Gallery 7 at the Museum. Museum Public Hours --- Tue-Sat 10am-5pm --- Sun 1-5pm --- Mon Closed. Museum Admission & Parking are FREE!

The Exhibit

The exhibition includes: The United States' Declaration of Independence; Homer's The Iliad; Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation; Confucius' The Morals of Confucius; Frederick Douglass' Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass; Julius Caesar's Invictissimi Imperatoris Commentaria; Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; Euclid's The First Six Elements of Geometry; England's Magna Carta; Marco Polo's The Travels of Marco Polo; Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations; and Cicero's De Officiis.

In honor of Women's History Month we are focusing on the section of the exhibition, Translating Cultures (1776-1820; 1846-1862), to trace the contributions made by women writers.

Symposium Committee

  • Melissa Benner, Research Assistant, MA Candidate in Heritage Management, Museum of Texas Tech University
  • Leigh Bonds, Doctoral Candidate, English, Texas Tech University
  • Robin Dru Germany, MFA, Associate Professor, School of Art, Texas Tech University
  • Tricia Earl, MFA, Coordinator, Women's & Gender Studies, Texas Tech University

The committee would like to send out a special thank you to Ann Hawkins, PhD, Professor, English, Texas Tech University for coordinating and curating the exhibition as well as her support in forming this Symposium