Virtual ProgramTuesday, October 19

24-05 Exploring 19th-Century British, French, and German Fairy Tales by Women through Women Writing Wonder (2021)

Tuesday, October 19, 2:15 pm–3:45 pm

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online


Chair: Anne E. Duggan (Wayne State University)

2:15 pm
When Clouds Sing: Gender, Class, and Anthropomorphism in George Sand’s “Le Nuage Rose”
Adrion L. Dula (Wayne State University)

2:30 pm
Louise Michel: Communarde, Prisoner, and Writer of Children’s Tales
Anne E. Duggan (Wayne State University)

2:45 pm
The Convent or the Queenship: Gisela von Arnim’s Struggle to Follow the Path in Gritta
Julie L. J. Koehler (Wayne State University)

3:00 pm
Revising Personal Histories in Mary Shelley’s “The Invisible Girl”
Shandi Lynne Wagner (Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College)

This session will revolve around our forthcoming anthology, Women Writing Wonder: Subversive Nineteenth-Century British, French, and German Fairy Tales (2021). The session will begin with a short overview of the anthology followed by 15-minute presentations by each panelist on different writers and texts included in Women Writing Wonder. Together these papers foreground new areas in fairy tale scholarship the anthology makes possible. The panel will focus on the works of George Sand, the French anarchist and communarde Louise Michel, Gisela von Arnim, and Mary Shelley, examining how these authors rewrite tales and legends to explore questions of biography/autobiography, female agency, and social class.