The 2022 Laura Shannon Prize with Pamela Cheek: “The Literary ‘Me Too’ of the 18th Century: Women’s Writing and the Capital of Virtue”

Thursday, November 3, 2022 5:30 pm EST

How did eighteenth-century Western European literature explore and exploit sexual assault? And what happened when women wrote about it? This talk examines the literary innovation and the legacy for identity group formation in print culture that emerged from the eighteenth-century’s ‘me too’ moment.

The Laura Shannon Prize, one of the preeminent prizes for European studies, is awarded each year to the best book that transcends a focus on any one country, state, or people to stimulate new ways of thinking about contemporary Europe as a whole. The Nanovic Institute for European Studies awarded the 2022 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies to Pamela L. Cheek, professor of French and comparative literature at the University of New Mexico, for her book Heroines and Local Girls: The Transnational Emergence of Women’s Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. This event was recorded on November 3, 2022.

Pamela L. Cheek
Professor of French and Comparative Literature
University of New Mexico

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