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In the spring of 2021, Dr. Maria Sánchez (UNCG English, WGSS) contacted SCUA regarding the opportunity to receive Dr. Judith Fetterley’s collection of 19th century women writers’ works. Dr. Fetterley helped found the Society for the Study of American Women Writers and the scholarly journal associated with the organization. In addition, she aided in the development of the concept of resistant reading, as represented in her 1978 book, The Resisting Reader: A Feminist Approach to American Fiction.

Clearly, her collection proves to fit well within the scope of the Woman’s Collection and is on point for our instructional outreach. Among the nearly 90 titles, which you can search HERE , are these gems:

Holley, Marietta. My Opinions and Betsey Bobbet’s : Designed As a Beacon Light, to Guide Women to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, but Which May Be Read by Members of the Sterner Sect, Without Injury to Themselves or the Book. Hartford, Conn.: American Publishing Company, 1891.
Detail of contents with Dr. Fetterley’s annotations
Embury, Emma C. Pictures of Early Life, or, Sketches of Youth. School Library. Juvenile Series, V.1. Boston: Marsh, Capen, Lyon, and Webb, 1839.
Detail of contents with Dr. Fetterley’s annotations

Dr. Fetterley retired from the University of Albany, SUNY in 2004 as Distinguished Teaching Professor.  Since then, she began her landscape and garden design business, Perennial Wisdom, perennialwisdom.net , and issues an occasional newsletter – subscribe for insightful reading!

Generations of students and researchers will benefit from Dr. Fetterley’s generous donation.

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