Skip to main content
Stony Brook University Stony Brook University Libraries

Women's History Month Colloquium Series: Home

March 2016 Speakers

                              

Pictured left to right: Heidi Hutner, Sophie Raynard-Leroy, & Kristina Lucenko

Dates & Registration

Wednesday, March 2, 2:00: Literary Karaoke 
Read a page or two from your favorite text written by a woman, or dealing with women's and gender studies.  Listen, learn, and get inspired!  Open to all.
 
Monday, March 7, 12:00: Dr. Heidi Hutner
Ecofeminism: What's It All About?
 
Wednesday, March 23, 1:00: Dr. Sophie Raynard-Leroy
Title TBA
 
Wednesday, March 30, 1:00: Dr. Kristina Lucenko
“I’m ‘Wife’! Stop there!”: Mary Carleton’s “Uncivil” Union

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 2:00

Literary Karaoke

Read a page or two from your favorite text written by a woman, or dealing with women's and gender studies.  Listen, learn, and get inspired!  Open to all.

Monday, March 7, 2016 at 12:00

Film Screening: Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising's Image of Women, with discussion to follow.  

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 1:00

Wednesday, March 23, 1:00: Dr. Sophie Raynard-Leroy
French Fairy Tales: When Women Took Over
 

When one talks about classic European fairy tales one immediately thinks of Charles Perrault, the Grimm Brothers, and Hans Christian Andersen, that male trio from whom our basic knowledge of fairy tales originates and whose versions of the stories served as models for the modern Disney productions.  But what about the constellation of women storytellers who gravitated around them and helped them revive that forgotten or lesser-praised literary genre? In France at the end of the 17th century the genre dramatically expanded thanks to the works of women such as the French conteuses: Madame d’Aulnoy, Madame de Murat, Mlle de La Force, etc., who wrote two thirds of the tales published during that time, hence creating a dazzling fairy-tale vogue from which only Perrault has passed the test of time in the large public. That vogue had some resurgences in the 18th century with further female storytellers inspiring each other, two of whom: Mme de Villeneuve and Mme Leprince de Beaumont, having brought to us the tale of “The Beauty and the Beast” as we now know it today. As part of celebrating Women’s History Month, this paper will present Perrault’s female counterparts and their significant contribution to the sophistication and the modernization of the fairy tale in 17th- and 18th-century France.

Dr. Raynard-Leroy is Associate Professor of French & Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of European Languages, Literatures, & Cultures.  Recent publications include La Seconde Préciosité. Floraison des conteuses de 1690 à 1756. (Gunter Narr Verlag, 2002), "La magie de Saint-Cloud par Madame d'Aulnoy" (Relief 4:2, 2010), and “Le défi des conteuses: faire de la femme scandaleuse une héroïne de fiction" (Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature XXXVII: 72, 2010).  She is also the editor and translator of The Teller's Tale: Lives of the Classic Fairy-Tale Writers (SUNY Press, 2012).

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 1:00

Wednesday, March 30, 1:00: Dr. Kristina Lucenko
“I’m ‘Wife’! Stop there!”: Mary Carleton’s “Uncivil” Union
 
Though modern biographers agree that Mary Carleton was likely born Mary Moders, daughter of a Canterbury fiddler, in or before 1642, she represented herself as a high-born German aristocrat named Maria de Wolway willfully deceived into marriage by a greedy John Carleton and his family.  In my talk I’ll explore Mary Carleton’s multi-generic narrative and its concern with marriage as a “civil” institution. Speaking as "wife," Carleton articulates a refusal to be exploited by English laws, which stipulate that a woman who marries must hand over her property to a husband. Carleton’s critique of women’s inferior legal status as wives appears alongside her insistence that her marriage to John Carleton is binding. Suggesting the analogy between the marriage contract and the social contract, Carleton maintains her right to proper, reasonable, and courteous governance, and enacts this privilege via the politically oriented pamphlet form.
 
Dr. Lucenko is the Director of the Program in Writing & Rhetoric at Stony Brook University.  She is the author of numerous essays, reviews, translations, and creative works, including "Generation(s) of Narratives: Life Writing and Digital Storytelling" (Service Learning and Literary Studies, Approaches to Teaching, Modern Language Association, Winter 2014), "Poem" (Story 1, Winter 2014), and "Secret Playdate" (mamazine.com, February 2007).