Chestertown, MD, November 13, 2006 — Washington College's Rose O'Neill Tea & Talk Series presents Dr. Alisha Knight, Assistant Professor of English and American Studies, speaking on "Famous Women of the Negro Race and Pauline Hopkins's (En)Gendered Gospel of Success," Wednesday, November 15. The talk is free and all are welcome to enjoy tea, lively discussion, and the comfortable surroundings of the Rose O'Neill Literary House. Tea will be served at 4 p.m., followed by the talk at 4:30 p.m.
Professor Knight's talk will focus on author Pauline Hopkins's radical revision of the American success archetype. An acclaimed African American woman writer, Hopkins's concern for African American progress occupied her literary imagination throughout her writing career; she had special interest in exposing how the popular success myth of the Gilded Age proved unrealistic to the African American experience. Knight will discuss Hopkins's use of her non-fiction series, "Famous Women of the Negro Race" to signify on the iconic self-made man and to create a definition of success for African American women.
An Assistant Professor of English and American Studies at Washington College, Professor Knight is also Director of the Black Studies Program. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Drew University where she received her Ph.D. in English. Professor Knight is presently researching the Colored Co-Operative Publishing Company and the Post-Bellum, Pre-Harlem African American Publishing Trade.
The Rose O'Neill Tea & Talk Series showcases the research, writing and talent of Washington College's faculty and is held in the College's O'Neill Literary House. Established in 1985, the Literary House was acquired and refurbished through a generous gift of alumna Betty Casey, Class of 1947, and her late husband Eugene, and named in memory of his late mother, Rose O'Neill Casey. Now in its 21st year, the O'Neill Literary House reflects the eclectic spirit of Washington College's creative writing and academic culture.