On March 30th, Dr. Kristina Lucenko presented her work on Mary Carleton as a commentator on marriage in seventeenth-century England, “I’m ‘Wife’! Stop there”: Mary Carleton’s “Uncivil” Union. Director of the Program in Writing & Rhetoric at Stony Brook University, Dr. Lucenko is the author of numerous essays, reviews, translations, and creative works, including “Generation(s) of Narratives: Life Writing and Digital Storytelling” (Service Learning and Literary Studies, Approaches to Teaching, Modern Language Association, Winter 2014), “Poem” (Story 1, Winter 2014), and “Secret Playdate” (mamazine.com, February 2007).
Her talk inspired a rich discussion of the eventful life of Mary Carleton, as well as her relationship to a larger discourse of reform narratives in England and North America during the early modern period.
This was an excellent way to end the SBU Libraries’ Women’s History Month Colloquium Series. We are thankful to our speakers, Dr. Sophie Raynard Leroy and Dr. Kristina Lucenko, for making it such a success and to all who attended and contributed their ideas, karaoke readings, and thoughtful questions. See you next March for more exciting events in honor of Women’s History Month!