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Faculty Library Spotlight: Henrietta Rix Wood

Now through January 31, 2020


     December through January, the Miller Nichols Library is proudly featuring the academic exploration of Dr. Henrietta Rix Wood, a teaching Professor in the Honors College. Dr. Rix Wood's 2016 book Praising Girls: The Rhetoric of Young Women, 1895-1930 is the inspiration for the display. In addition to her own work, the display features books inspired by and adjacent to Dr. Rix Wood's engagement with and interest in pioneering feminist writers; Willa Cather's classic O, Pioneers! is the avatar work for this fascinating dive into the study and progression of feminist writing.

     Visit the display, check out Dr. Rix Wood's recommendations, and explore the vast and varied world of women writers who broke rules, broke ground, and made history!

From Dr. Rix Wood:

As a teacher, scholar, and reader, I am interested in women writers who challenge convention, defy expectations, and reject rules. The title of my exhibition comes from a book by one of my favorite authors, Willa Cather, who wrote a trilogy about immigrants settling the Great Plains of the United States in the nineteenth century. Cather depicts women pioneers, and she was a pioneer of the modernist writing style that would come to be associated with male writers like Ernest Hemingway. (I am a feminist who reads and admires Hemingway!) Like Hemingway, I was a newspaper reporter for the Kansas City Star, and I appreciate succinct prose.

Recommendations: O, Pioneers!

  • Willa Cather's O, Pioneers! and My Antonia
  • Mary Wollstonecraft's Frankenstein
  • Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre
  • Toni Morrison's Beloved
  • Louisa May Alcott's Little Women
  • Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street
  • Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man is Hard to Find
  • Adrienne Rich's Diving Into the Wreck
  • Collette's The Vagabond
  • Zatkala-Sa's The School Days of an Indian Girl
  • Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine
  • Phillis Wheatley's Memoir and Poems

Posted: December 04, 2019




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