Dr. Alexis Easley, English Department, will speak on “Women Writers and Celebrity News at the Fin deSiècle” at this week’s Feminist Friday.

Dr. Alexis Easley

Dr. Alexis Easley

Free and open to everyone, the event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, in the Luann Dummer Center for Women, Room 103, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center.

Easley’s talk will examine how women writers negotiated the demands of the celebrity news media that emerged at the end of the 19th century. In what ways did the publication of time-sensitive celebrity news in newspapers and periodicals affect the sorts of domestic arrangements, sexual identities, and professional opportunities women could pursue?

Easley will answer these questions by presenting a selection of celebrity features published in British newspapers and periodicals at the end of the 19th century.

Those attending are invited to bring a lunch; dessert and beverages will be provided.