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Patricia Matthew Delivers Spring 2019 Gipson Lecture

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Collage of Professor Mathew and the Flyer for her lecture

Patricia Matthew, professor in the English Department, delivered the Spring 2019 Gipson Lecture at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. “’I have no master:’ Marriage and/as The Transatlantic Slave Trade” considered the rhetoric of legal and social contracts in Mansfield ParkThe Woman of Colour, A Tale, and the 2015 historical drama “Belle.” The Lawrence Henry Gipson Institute for Eighteenth-Century Studies funds research projects, organizes symposia, and hosts an annual lecture. Based on her readings of the 1753 Hardwick Marriage Act and the 1772 Somerset v Stewart decision on the status of enslaved Africans in Britain, the talk was drawn from Prof. Matthew’s book-in-progress on sugar, race, and the history of the novel.