Lehigh Libraries opened its current exhibition, Jane Austen and the Rise of Feminism: Women Writers as Agents of Change, on July 18, 2017, the 200th anniversary of her death, as part of the year-long global commemoration of that anniversary. The display of first editions of Austen’s works, along with the works of writers like Aphra Behn and Mary Wollstonecraft, spans the ground, first, and third floors of Linderman Library.
The common thread that informed the selection of material on exhibit is that each of these writers used her work to advocate for positive change. A grant from the Lawrence Henry Gipson Institute supported graduate student Kathleen Hurlock’s work on the exhibition.
Jane Austen and the Rise of Feminism will be open until December 16, 2017, which will be Jane Austen’s birthday. For a longer discussion of the exhibition, please see the recent article in the Brown and White.
You can view the digital version of the exhibition at go.lehigh.edu/janeausten.