Victorian Literature Expert and Author to Lecture on Female Narrative Authority

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., March 12, 2019— Alison Case, Dennis Meenan ’54 Third Century Professor of English, will present a lecture titled “Authorizing Nelly: Female Narrative Authority, Wuthering Heights, and Me” at Williams College. In her lecture she will discuss her writing process and the conditions of narrative credibility for female narrators in 18th and 19th century British literature in her book Plotting Women: Gender and Narration in the 18th and 19th Century British Novel. Case will discuss the process she developed to write a novel in the first person voice of a 19th century literary character in her most recent book, Nelly Dean of Wuthering Heights. The lecture will be held on Thursday, March 14, at 4:15 p.m. in Wege Auditorium, with a reception to follow in the Schow Atrium. This is the last lecture of the Williams College Faculty Lecture Series, and is free and open to the public.

Case’s work goes beyond expertise in Victorian literature. Central to her talk will be a connection between literary stories and larger issues in the way contemporary culture believes, or does not believe, women’s stories.

Case earned her B.A. from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

About the Faculty Lecture Series

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