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For our first meeting of the Fall Semester the Early American Colloquium will be comparing and contrasting two pieces by Louisa May Alcott: the first chapter of her famous novel Little Women and her fiery short story “Pauline’s Passion and Punishment” written under her male pen name, A.M. Barnard. We will discuss and explore the implications, freedoms, and/or limitations that writing under a male pseudonym may provide, as well as how and why autobiography might figure in Little Women. For more information and copies of the readings, please visit the Early American Colloquium page on the English Channel or our facebook page.

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