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Julia Cosacchi

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BA, Boston College;
MEd, Providence College,
MA, DePaul University

Field of Study: 19th-Century American

Courses Taught
Composition II

Dissertation Title
The Self-Made Woman in American Literature, 1820-1880

Dissertation Description
The period from 1820-1880 witnessed the rising popularity of the self-made man in America as a culturally and nationally significant type in both literature and daily life. At the same time, the nation's culture also bred a burgeoning women's rights movement and its popular literature was dominated by female voices. This project looks at the points of contact and of friction between these various movements to consider the presence and significance of the discourses of self-making and success primarily in writing by and/or about American women.