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Luggage: a Book Talk with Susan Harlan - ZSR Library Lecture Series - 3/26/2018 -

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Luggage: a Book Talk with Susan Harlan - ZSR Library Lecture Series

  1. Monday, March 26th, 20184:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us for a special Library Lecture event as Dr. Susan Harlan of the WFU English department reads from her book Luggage, newly published in Bloomsbury's Object Lessons series, and discusses the challenges and rewards of writing beyond the academy. 

You can't think about travel without thinking about luggage. And baggage has baggage. In her new book Harlan takes readers on a journey with the suitcases that support, accessorize, and accompany our lives. Along the way, she shows how the materials of travel - the carry-ons, totes, trunks, and train cases of the past and present - have stories to tell about displacement, home, gender, class, consumption, and labor. Luggage considers bags as carefully curated microcosms of our domestic and professional selves, charting the evolution of travel across literature, film, and art. A simple suitcase, it turns out, contains more than you might think.    This event will also feature a pop-up exhibit of luggage from the WFU Archives and ZSR manuscript collections. And participants are encouraged to bring along their favorite bags-with-stories!

Event Details

  • Location:
    ZSR Library - Special Collections & Archives Research Room (625)
  • Sponsor:
  • Open To:
    Everyone
  • Facilitated by:
    Z. Smith Reynolds Library
  • Questions? Please contact:

    • Joy Gambill: • 336-758-3359