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Scholar describes secret society of women writers

Feb. 20, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Dr. Clifford Siskin, George Delacorte Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University, speaks on "What Writing Wants: The Secret of the Fair-Intellectual Club," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, on the 10th floor of Sprau Tower at Western Michigan University. The program is free of charge and open to the public.

During his presentation, Siskin will describe a small, secret society of women formed in 1717 in Edinburgh, Scotland, for the purpose of giving its members the opportunity to write. Siskin's presentation is part of the Scholarly Lecture Series of the WMU Department of English.

During his visit to WMU, Siskin also will participate in an open discussion on the 10th floor of Sprau Tower at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23.

Siskin is the author of "The Historicity of Romantic Discourse" (Oxford) and "The Work of Writing: Literature and Social Change in Britain 1700-1830" (Hopkins), as well as the co-editor of the new Palgrave-Macmillan monograph series in "Enlightenment, Romanticism and the Cultures of Print."

For more information, contact Dr. Christopher Nagle, assistant professor of English, at christopher.nagle@wmich.edu.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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