Faculty Lecture Series at SCF Delves into Power Through Domesticity

(Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 6, 2018) — Fans of “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu won’t want to miss the next faculty lecture series at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) at 2 p.m. Feb. 28 in Building 27, Room 140 at SCF Bradenton 5840 26th St. W.

Jacqueline Smith, an assistant professor of language and literature who has her doctorate in American literature with a focus on women’s narratives of captivity and confinement, will be offering a lecture on “Appropriating Power Through Domesticity.” In her lecture she will focus on the book “A True History of Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

Smith’s presentation focuses on how Rowlandson’s narrative ostensibly illustrates the Puritan ideology of Divine Providence and demonstrates subtle acts of resistance Rowlandson performed during her captivity. The themes may sound familiar to fans of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Rowlandson’s book is known as a milestone in literature because it helped open the doorway to several other classic memoirs. The book, which offers a personal account of being taken captive by Algonquin Native Americans in New England, maintains its cultural relevance by revealing what it means to be a woman within a patriarchal system.

Smith will open the discussion to questions. For more information contact or call 941-752-5551.

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