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"Novel Commonplaces: or,

Why Do Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers Quote So Much?”


Quotation is such a common and enduring custom that we seldom consider its conventions of practice. On November 2, 2017 at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Dr. Claudia Stokes (Professor and Chair of English at Trinity University, San Antonio) provided a history of quotation, tracing its origins in antiquity to its particular popularity in the United States of the nineteenth century, when quotation became especially favored among women writers and African American writers. Quotation served as an unlikely vehicle for the transformation of American authorship and the rise of writers outside the conventional status quo. Professor Stokes was introduced by Dr. Sarah H. Salter (Assistant Professor, Department of English, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi).


This event was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Part of the C19 Circuit, this event is co-sponsored by C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. Additional support provided by the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi English Department.

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