Free talk to focus on unheralded Victorian writer

Scholar Stephanie Johnson will discuss the impact of Victorian writer and women's rights advocate Alice Meynell, a figure often overlooked in literary history, during a free talk at 3:40 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 in Tower Hall room 4119.

Johnson, an associate professor of English at St. Scholastica, will give a talk titled "Angel or Aesthete? Alice Meynell and the Origins of Modernism." She will examine the life and legacy of the Victorian poet, essayist, journalist and supporter of women's right to vote.

Critics have begun to identify Meynell's influence on twentieth-century women writers such as Virginia Woolf, Johnson said, yet she remains a marginalized figure in Victorian studies. In particular, Johnson said, the contribution of Meynell's lyric poetry and essays on childhood in shaping British modernist literature have not been fully acknowledged. Johnson will argue for her influence on the experimental techniques and feminist concerns on the next generation.

Johnson's talk is part of a faculty colloquium series now in its ninth year. The series provides visibility to diverse research projects by faculty members in St. Scholastica's School of Arts and Letters. The presentation is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.