1893 Around the World: The Woman's Library at the Chicago World Fair
This seminar focuses on the Chicago World Fair that celebrated the fourth centenary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the New World. The fair had over 27 million visitors and prompted multiple factual and interpretive accounts, including a murder mystery. The world exposition was also a setting for the expression of female identity. The Woman’s Building, for example, was the site of the Woman’s Congress and one of several displays of books at the fair, including the international women’s writings, representing twenty-three countries. Students will participate in weekly discoveries about the fair and the world in 1893, focusing in particular on the books that symbolized the “discovery” of women at the fair and celebrated the “discovery” of America. The course will run parallel to the production of an edited book and a digital humanities project.