Laura E. K. Von Wallmenich, Ph.D.
Directed Student Presentations and Achievements
Faina Polt, Honor's Day Presentation
"Woman, Herself: The Body and Notions of Womanhood in Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl." Faina explores how Jacobs' text responds to the double-bind of the slave woman, whose attempts to define her own identity are constrained by the conventions of white, middle class womanhood that insist on the sexual purity of a virtuous woman. Jacobs uses her text as a vehicle for reclaiming her own body, insisting it is a text that she, and she alone, can inscribe with meaning.