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Making it on Her Own: Eliza Fenwick (1766-1840) as Early Modern Activist

Humanities Institute Collaborative Colloquium on Children’s Literature Studies: Approaches and Methodologies presents a talk by Lissa Paul.

In her transformation from writer in the radical London circle of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft in the 1790s, to her life as an early nineteenth century independent school owner and teacher in North America, Eliza Fenwick stands as role model for women “making it” on their own. A single working grandmother who successfully re-rooted her family in the new world, Eliza was exactly the kind of “new genus” of independent woman her friend Mary Wollstonecraft had envisioned but never lived to see.

Friday, January 24, 2020 at 1:15pm to 2:45pm

Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Event Type

Women's Activism


Faculty, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students


Humanities Institute
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