ORCA General Oral Presentation Session (Virtual)

Presenter Information

Cady StriblingFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Sophomore

Major

English and Journalism

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Dr. Gina Claywell

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Event

Abstract/Description

Literary critics have long forgotten Fanny Fern, a nineteenth century author and columnist whose sassy satire took America by storm. She challenged societal issues and expectations in the 1800s through her entertaining writing and unconventional life. Fern’s own struggles with family, poverty, and grief gave her a personal and nonconforming perspective. As the first American woman columnist, Fern broke barriers on gender expectations. Further, her articles provided realistic views on societal issues with feisty, humorous characters, and she gave a voice to the voiceless. Therefore, Fanny Fern stands as one of the most valuable American writers of her time.

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Fanny Fern: Forgotten Feminist from the Nineteenth Century

Literary critics have long forgotten Fanny Fern, a nineteenth century author and columnist whose sassy satire took America by storm. She challenged societal issues and expectations in the 1800s through her entertaining writing and unconventional life. Fern’s own struggles with family, poverty, and grief gave her a personal and nonconforming perspective. As the first American woman columnist, Fern broke barriers on gender expectations. Further, her articles provided realistic views on societal issues with feisty, humorous characters, and she gave a voice to the voiceless. Therefore, Fanny Fern stands as one of the most valuable American writers of her time.

 

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