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ECU Visiting Distinguished Professor to Discuss Feminist’s Perspective in Mary Shelly’s ‘Frankenstein’

Dr. Temma Berg will present “Frankenstein: Engendering a Text, Embodying a Text” at 7 pm Tuesday, Nov. 2, in Wright Auditorium at East Carolina University. The lecture is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Women’s Studies Program.

“Written by Mary Shelley, ‘Frankenstein’ bears witness to its author's lives as mother, daughter, wife and woman writer,” said Berg. “By reading the novel from a feminist perspective, we not only learn more about her fears, her struggles, her courage and her motivations in writing what is perhaps one of the most-read novels of all time, but we also learn more about how much things have changed for women and men and how much they have not.”

Berg, professor of English and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, joins the ECU faculty for the 2010-11 academic year as the David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and as a professor in the Women’s Studies Program.

An internationally recognized scholar of English literature, critical theory and feminist studies, Berg is the author of “The Lives and Letters of an Eighteenth-Century Circle of Acquaintance,” a study of 31 18th century letters that focuses on female friendship, intellectual women, sentimental coquettes and companionate marriage, as well as on the lives of men in service to church and empire. Berg’s current research projects include “The Female Quixote: A Literary Life,” a biography of 18th century writer Charlotte Lennox, and “Sister Artists,” a study of the lives and works of the Brontë sisters.

The Whichard Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities is an endowed professorship made possible through a generous donation by the Whichard family in honor of David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard of Greenville.

For more information, contact Cheryl Dudasik-Wiggs, director of women’s studies, at 252-737-2479 or dudasikwiggsc@ecu.edu. Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.