Study Groups: SSAWW Mid-Atlantic Study Group (RSVP by 2.27.15)

Just a reminder.  We can accept RSVPs a bit longer than we originally anticipated; please let me or Maria Sanchez know if you’re coming by Fri. 2/27. From SSAWW-L:

From: Catherine E. Saunders
Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 8:19 PM
To: Society for the Study of American Women Writers
Subject: Discussion of Bondwoman’s Narrative w/ Gregg Hecimovich, Cambridge, MA, 3/21/15; RSVP by 2/23

The Mid-Atlantic Study Group is migrating northward for its spring meeting; we’ll meet on March 21st on the campus of Harvard University (where our host, SSAWW-MA member María Carla Sánchez, is currently a fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research).  As with all our meetings, anyone who is interested (with or without affiliation with the “Mid-Atlantic,” however construed) is welcome to join us.

Our discussion will focus on Hannah Crafts’ The Bondwoman’s Narrative, and our guest for the discussion will be Dr. Gregg Hecimovich, also currently a fellow at the Hutchins Center, and professor and chair of English at Winthrop University. Dr. Hecimovich is author of the forthcoming The Life and Times of Hannah Crafts: The True Story of the Bondwoman’s Narrative, which details his investigation into the narrative’s history and his efforts to document its author’s identity and past. This discussion should give us a chance not only to consider a woman’s text whose recovery is quite recent, but to think about the challenges involved in archival research.

Following our usual custom, we’ll hold the discussion on  Saturday afternoon; on Saturday morning, we’ll have an opportunity to tour Harvard’s extraordinary rare books library, Houghton Library. Houghton is home to collections from many women writers, such as Emily Dickinson, Margaret Fuller, Sarah Orne Jewett, Celia Thaxter, Julia Ward Howe, and Amy Lowell, among others. María and Dr. Hecimovich will be working with librarians at Houghton to put together a selection of materials of particular interest for the group.

We’ve got a preliminary informational page for the meeting up at–%2520Bondwoman%27s%2520Narrative&k=EWEYHnIvm0nsSxnW5y9VIw%3D%3D%0A&r=D0cMG%2F%2B61Vev5cEjN%2FQP8N6WaoH7B4n%2BECuYACXqEBE%3D%0A&m=85qugS0Nnbzx0yt5QePluiusuSG5TKgUZG5JFtHXNJY%3D%0A&s=ad44abe2850000d28abe16cf4954de6404b3b3e5deb2a3ebea835357abd98aae.  As you’ll see, we’re still working out some details; check back for updates.  If you’ve got questions or wish to RSVP,  please contact María ( ) or  Cathy Saunders ( .