The Harriet Beecher Stowe Society offers academics, independent scholars, and students an opportunity to share in the study and appreciation of the works and life of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Through presentations of scholarly work, round-table discussions, and conferences, the Society provides a forum for Stowe studies. The Stowe Society was founded in 1996 by Dorothy Baker of the University of Houston.
For the latest Stowe Society updates, check out our recent newsletter: 2020_hbs_newsletter-27.pdf
We honor the life and legacy of E. Bruce Kirkham, the author of The Building of Uncle's Cabin (1977). Dr. Kirkham donated his annotated and transcribed Stowe letters (1822-1896) database, an invaluable resource to researchers, to the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in 2005. You can learn more about the collection here: www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org/programs-learning/collections/
Elizabeth Gaskell House Online Talk: Beyond Uncle Tom’s Cabin; Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frances E.W. Harper and Harriet Jacobs with Bonnets at Dawn
Join us to celebrate Black History Month with the incredible duo that is Bonnets at Dawn. We’re stepping across the pond to talk about American Abolitionist writer Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and her relationship with African American authors Frances E.W. Harper and Harriet Jacobs. After the success of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, in 1853 Harriet Beecher Stowe met Elizabeth Gaskell and in 1857 she stayed at her house on Plymouth Grove. Harper was among the first African American women to publish a novel and the very first to publish a short story while Jacobs’ own escape from slavery led her to write Incidents in the Life of A Slave Girl, now recognised as an American classic. Hear more about these amazing writers and re-evaluate their contribution to American literature.
New Musicals Inc. is producing a musical webseries called The Learned Ladies; it's focused on featuring stories, songs, poems and essays from under-represented women composers and forgotten women authors of the past. You can see the first four episodes at: www.nmi.org/learned-ladies Award-winning actress Elise Dewsberry plays southern belle Ann Reeves Jarvis as she welcomes us into her pre-Civil-War music room, introducing us to women authors and composers, like an antebellum "Masterpiece Theatre."
Congratulations to our treasurer, Nancy Lusignan Schultz! Nancy's article "'Uncle Tom's Cabin' in Krakow" just won the Gold Award for a feature article in the Excel Awards, Association Media & Publishing! It was published in Phi Kappa Phi Forum in 2019. It can be read here.
The Collected Works of Harriet Beecher Stowe
Joan Hedrick and Susan Belasco are pleased to announce a contract with Oxford University Press for The Collected Works of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Along with Wesley Raabe, the Textual Editor, Joan and Susan have established an Advisory Board, prepared an editorial handbook, and are now in the process of working on proposals and inviting volume editors for the 33 planned volumes. The first objective of this edition is to publish readable, scholarly editions of Stowe’s novels, travel writing, poetry, short stories and sketches, religious writings, and journalism. A secondary purpose is to publish an edition of Stowe’s letters. Each volume in the Collected Works of Harriet Beecher Stowe will be printed in a hardback of 500-600 pages, depending on the volume contents. As with Oxford’s other editions, The Collected Works of Harriet Beecher Stowe will also be available by individual or institutional subscription through the Oxford Scholarly Editions Online series. With the support of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, these scholarly editions will allow straightforward access to Stowe’s writing, with tools for scholars, allowing readers to see textual variants and move as seamlessly as possible between text and commentary.
Joan Hedrick, Charles A. Dana Professor Emerita of History, Trinity College Joan.Hedrick@trincoll.edu
Susan Belasco, Professor Emerita of English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln email@example.com
Wesley Raabe, Associate Professor of English, Kent State University, firstname.lastname@example.org
“To learn, to teach, to serve, to enjoy”: The Legacy of Julia Ward Howe: POSTPONED to June 2022
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of our founding by Julia Ward Howe, the Saturday Morning Club will host a dinner and keynote address by Professor Megan Marshall and a one-day symposium of papers.
Co-sponsored by Boston University’s College of General Studies, the College of General Studies Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning, and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Society.
The Stowe Bibliography
Check out the Stowe bibliography, an exhaustive catalog of Stowe scholarship dating back to the year 2000. The bibliography places a special spotlight on recently published books and conference presentations. Wish to see your scholarship featured? Email the publication information to Nicole Green.
President ❘ LuElla D'Amico ❘ University of the Incarnate Word
Past President ❘ Beth L. Lueck ❘ University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Vice President ❘ Allison Speicher ❘ Eastern Connecticut State University
Treasurer ❘ Nancy Lusignan Schultz ❘ Salem State University
Secretary ❘ Monica Urban ❘ University of Houston
Bibliographer ❘ Nicole Green ❘ University of Florida
Newsletter Editor ❘ Erika Haskins ❘ University of the Incarnate Word