Landmarks: Maps as Literary Illustration
Jan 16 – April 14, 2018, Edison and Newman RoomMaps enjoy a long tradition as a mode of literary illustration, orienting readers to worlds real and imagined. Presented in conjunction with the bicentenary of the Harvard Map Collection, this exhibition brings together over sixty landmark literary maps, from the 200-mile-wide island in Thomas More’s Utopia to the supercontinent called the Stillness in N. K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season. Visitors will traverse literary geographies from William Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County to Nuruddin Farah’s besieged Somalia; or perhaps escape the world’s bothers in Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood. At this intersection of literature and cartography, get your bearings and let these maps guide your way.
Rethinking Enlightenment: Forgotten Women Writers of Eighteenth Century France
January 5 – April 28, 2018, Amy Lowell Room
The French Enlightenment is famous for its intellectual innovations, but it is remembered largely as a male endeavor. However, recent scholars have shown that French women were active in all genres, from novels to physics. Despite systemic sexism, these writers produced literary and academic works that were neglected in their own times as in ours.
“Rethinking Enlightenment” showcases Houghton Library’s remarkable holdings of texts by eighteenth-century French women. Beyond describing how these writers critiqued their society, the exhibition demonstrates their active participation in the philosophical and artistic development of modern France. For scholars of the Enlightenment to anyone interested in women’s history, it is a timely reminder of the forgotten figures in intellectual history.
Caleb Shelburne, Class of 2018, guest curated this exhibition while working as a research assistant for Christie McDonald, Smith Research Professor of French Language and Literature and Research Professor of Comparative Literature, whose 150-page essay on 18th century French women writers will be published in the forthcoming two-volume Femme, Littérature. Une histoire culturelle (Paris: Gallimard, 2019). This important new scholarly work will chart the contribution of women to French literature from the Middle Ages through the 21st century.
From the Fellows: Undergraduate Exploration at Houghton Library
January 23 – April 28, 2018, Chaucer Case
On the Rise: Theodore Roosevelt, the Spanish-American War, and American Imperialism
May 23, 2017 – June 1, 2018, Theodore Roosevelt Gallery
Through political cartoons from Houghton Library’s Theodore Roosevelt Collection, this exhibition examines the Spanish-American War and its role as the start of the United States as a world power. The exhibition was curated by Houghton Library 75th Anniversary Undergraduate Fellow and history concentrator Arthur Schott-Lopes ’19. It is free and open to the public.
The Theodore Roosevelt Gallery is located next door to Houghton in Lamont Library, Lower Level (enter through the West Door). For a wheelchair-accessible entrance, please use Lamont Library’s main door and take the elevator to level B.