“Why Women Needed Women” Presentation by Professor Carol Singley (Celebrating Women With Walt Whitman)

As a Professor of English at Rutgers, Carol Singley will discuss Walt Whitman’s relationships with feminists of his time and how Edith Wharton and other women of the era needed each other for gender advancement and recognition.

Professor Singley will also detail Edith Wharton’s deep admiration for Whitman as well as conventional norms for nineteenth-century womanhood and the contrasting freedom Whitman inspired in women of his time who sought intellectual and artistic achievement. She will delve into Whitman’s relationships with women that had the most impact on him.

Attendees do not need prior knowledge to engage in the discussion. Q & A to follow.

An internationally known scholar of Edith Wharton, Singley has served as a Fellow at the Center for Children and Childhood Studies, director of the Undergraduate Liberal Studies Program, co-director of the American Studies Program, director of Women’s Studies program, and director of the M.A. Program in English. She is the General Editor of the 28-volume The Complete Works of Edith Wharton (Oxford University Press, ongoing).

This event is free and open to the public.