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The Sarah Cutts Frerichs Lectureship
in Victorian Studies

This lectureship fund, named for Sarah Cutts Frerichs AM’49 PhD’74, will support annual lectures on topics related to Victorian Studies — the study of English culture of the Victorian period — including, but not limited to, comparative literature, social and political history, and the histories of education, philosophy, fine arts, economics, law, and science.


November 12, 2009
“The Charms of Assumption”
Sarah Cutts Frerichs Lecture in Victorian Studies
Pembroke Hall 305
5:00 - 6:30pm

Speaker Andrew Miller, Director of the Victorian Studies Program at Indiana University, presented a paper based on a larger project titled “On Not Being Someone Else.”  It studied the distinctly modern moral psychology of counterfactual narratives in literature, taking as its point of departure Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. In studying these counterfactuals, the paper raised questions about both aesthetic form and literary-critical method.

Prof. Miller is the author of The Burdens of Perfection: On Ethics and Reading Nineteenth Century Literature (Cornell University Press 2008); Novels Behind Plate-Glass: Commodity Culture and Victorian Narrative (Cambridge University Press, 1995); and Sexualities in Victorian Britain, co-editor with James Eli Adams (Indiana University Press, 1996).

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Click here for a biography of Sarah Cutts Frerichs.