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October 17 – Women of Peace and Preparedness-part of WWI series

October 17, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Please join us on October 17 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room of the State Library for our third in a series of talks to celebrate the 100th anniversary of World War I.  Lisa Mastrangelo, Professor of English, Centenary University will talk about Women of Peace and Preparedness: The Use of Motherhood and Maternalism in World War I.   As a professor of English she has researched the use of both peace movements and preparedness movements of the women around the time of the Great War. She will look at how the idea of maternalism was used to have women be less involved actively in World War I.  Media and sometimes government often used it to control what the women did so they weren’t too actively involved in the War.  For example, they were taught to roll bandages, plant and more.  Things they may have already known how to do.

The talk comes from her paper entitled: The Rhetoric of Maternalism: The Use of Motherhood as a Trope in World War I.  A trope is a figurative or metaphorical use of a word or expression.

This talk will look at the women’s side of things.  How they fought for being active in the war as well as how others tried to keep them at home through using the idea of “they should be good mothers.”

Dr. Mastrangelo has her BA in English from Mount Holyoke College and her MA and PhD also in English from the University at Albany, State University of New York.

She teaches Composition and Rhetoric and Professional Writing courses at Centenary University.  Before coming to Centenary, she taught at the College of St. Elizabeth.  With a background in composition and rhetoric and nineteenth century American women writers, she teaches courses in general Composition and Rhetoric and Professional and Business Writing.  Dr. Mastrangelo currently serves as the Vice President for the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Composition and Rhetoric.

Dr. Mastrangelo’s research interests include the teaching of writing at 19th century women’s colleges, women’s rhetorical practices relating to war and peace, and the early standardization of writing courses in the United States.  Dr. Mastrangelo’s latest research project tracks the rhetorical assumptions in community cookbooks.

All are welcome to this free program.  RSVP is appreciated to: Cindy Warrick at mailto: cwarrick@njstatelib.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 172.


October 17, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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