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‘Ecodomesticity: Reframing the Picturesque in Hobomok by Lydia Maria Child’

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In this seminar from the School of Arts and Humanities, Dr Anna Maguire Elliot, PhD graduate of University of Sussex, will discuss a historical novel about the white settlement of America called Hobomok (1824)

  • From: Wednesday 18 April 2018, 1 pm
  • To: Wednesday 18 April 2018, 2 pm
  • Location: Mary Ann Evans, Room 101, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS,
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In this talk, ‘Ecodomesticity: Reframing the Picturesque in Hobomok by Lydia Maria Child’, Dr Anna Maguire Elliot will discuss how this historic novel re-imagines the American landscape from the perspectives of its female and native American protagonists.  This was Lydia Maria Child’s first novel, published when she was twenty two years old, and she would go on to become a supporter of native American and women’s rights, as well as a prominent abolitionist.  This talk will consider the artistic representation of the American landscape in the nineteenth century and the extent to which Child challenged a picturesque construction of the natural world.


Anna graduated with her PhD in American Literature from the University of Sussex last year.  Her thesis, entitled “Ecodomesticity: Imagining the Landscape in the American Domestic Novel,” argues for an "ecodomestic” tradition in American women’s fiction, which positions the home as a pivotal point in the imagining of the landscape, and as part of a broader ecological household.  She is currently expanding the nineteenth century portion of her research into a book. She is also co-editing a collection of essays on Marilynne Robinson, which is due to be published by University of Manchester Press later this year.

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For any queries, please contact Dr Amy Rushton

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Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS


Parking is available for external visitors on the Clifton Campus. Please arrive via the main entrance where you will be directed by the gate staff.

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