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Thursday, September 28 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Classic Literary Texts in Archives and Special Collections

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Ever wonder why certain books throughout history are categorized as classic literature and others aren’t? Join the Mansfield Library’s Archives and Special Collections and University of Montana faculty members as they discuss classic literary texts/authors throughout history and what makes them “classic”. Presenters include Ashby Kinch (Chaucer), Rob Browning (Milton), Elizabeth Hubble (women authors), and Prageeta Sharma (insiders and outsiders in the literary canon). Learn why these texts continue to intrigue us and why the stories they tell are timeless.

After the presentations, please join us for an exclusive tour of rare and unique literary texts held by Archives and Special Collections including a facsimile of Dante’s Inferno, a handwritten draft of Elizabeth Browning’s poem “Human Life’s Mysteries”, and an illustrated copy of Paradise Lost.


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Rob Browning

Rob Browning is an adjunct assistant professor in the University of Montana’s Department of English specializing in the study of Milton, Shakespeare, early modern British literature, and science fiction. He has taught literature in British Columbia, the People’s Republic of China... Read More →
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Elizabeth Hubble

Elizabeth Hubble directs the University of Montana-Missoula’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, which offers a major, minor, and graduate certificate.  She received undergraduate degrees in French and history from the University of Montana in 1995 and her M.A. (1998) and Ph.D. (2002) in Medieval French Literature from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor where her dissertation analyzed representations of masculinity and male friendship in medieval French... Read More →
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Ashby Kinch

Ashby Kinch is a professor in the University of Montana’s Department of English, who specializes in the literature of the medieval period, particularly the late medieval period. He is the author of Imago Mortis: Mediating Images of Death in Late Medieval Culture (2013) and “Intervisual Texts, Intertextual Images: Chaucer and the Luttrell Psalter," Visual Approaches to Chaucer (Penn State University Press; 2016), 1-25. He is also co-editor of Chartier in Europe (2008), a collection of essays that explores the work of 15th century French poet and diplomat, Alain Chartier, and it influence on European literature. In his spare time, he plays guitar and soccer, and loves to hike and... Read More →
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Prageeta Sharma

Prageeta Sharma was born in Framingham, Massachusetts. Her collections of poetry include Bliss to Fill (2000), The Opening Question (2004), which won the Fence Modern Poets Prize, Infamous Landscapes (2007), and Undergloom (2013). Sharma’s honors and awards include a Howard Foundation Grant. She has taught at the New School and Goddard College and is currently a professor in the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Montana-Missoula, of which she has also served as director. She is the founder and president of the conference/board Thinking Its Presence: Race, Creative Writing, and Literary... Read More →

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