Downtown Bend: Know Jo(e) - Jo March Was Not a Little Woman
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Take a closer look at Jo March of "Little Women" with Stacey Donohue.
Most of us have fond memories of the wonderfully independent and assertive Jo March of Little Women; however, its author, Louisa May Alcott, famously dismissed her best-selling work as "moral pablum" for girls, affirming the mid nineteenth century American view that women should be domesticated and silent. In this brief talk, Professor Stacey Donohue argues against Alcott's dismissal of Little Women: the novel was actually quite subversive for its time, criticizing the very model of domesticity that it superficially seemed to support. Alcott, like Jo, refused to be a "little" woman.
Dr. Stacey Donohue is Professor of English at Central Oregon Community College. She teaches composition, autobiography, and contemporary fiction classes. Donohue received her Ph.D. in English at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. She has lived in Bend since 1995.
Dr. Stacey Donhue