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Associate Professor
Arts & Sciences
Public Relations:Lee Ann Cox (802)656-1107
Specialty:women's studies; feminist theory; American and Antebellum literary cultures; mourning
Biography:Winner of a National Endowment for the Humanities stipend, Mary Louise Kete devoted summer 2001 examining how black and white working-class New Englanders wrote about interracial intimacies before the Civil War. Results of this research are in her article "Slavery's Shadows: The Telling Lives of Harriet Wilson and James Bryant" as well as in a forthcoming book. She was one of 100 out of 900 national applicants to receive the prestigious NEH stipend. She is author of the book SENTIMENTAL COLLABORATIONS: MOURNING AND MIDDLE-CLASS IDENTITY IN 19TH-CENTURY AMERICA(Duke University Press, 2000) and editor of the 19th century section of WOMEN'S WORLD'S: THE McGRAW-HILL ANTHOLOGY OF WOMEN'S WRITING (2008). She has written and lectured on Harriet Gould, writing feminist scholarship, France Harper, Walt Whitman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, the politics of sentiment, Emily Dickinson, mourning and many other related topics. Kete was organizer of the Vermont Academy of Arts & Sciences Symposium held spring 2000 at UVM, and conference organizer for the International Conference on Narrative held in 1999 at Dartmouth College. Kete's doctorate was earned at Harvard University.