Janet Beizer, 1998–1999 | National Humanities Center

Janet Beizer (NHC Fellow, 1998–99)

Project Title

Vicarious Lives: Autobiography in Contemporary Women's Biography

University of Virginia

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Fellowship Work Summary, 1998–99

Janet Beizer wrote three essays: "Unwrapping the Mummy: Searching for Kuchuk Hanem," "Cat's Cradle," and "Sand's Parrot," which will become chapters for her forthcoming book, Vicarious Lives. "Sand's Parrot" will also be included in the volume, Women Seeking Expression, France, 1789-1914, edited by Rosemary Lloyd. She also wrote an essay entitled "The Mother, the Bird, and the Letter: Notes on Histoire de ma vie and the Origins of Writing," forthcoming in George Sand Studies. She gave a paper entitled "Dead Letters: Epistolary Failure in George Sand's Histoire de ma vie," at the Nineteenth-Century French Studies colloquium, held at Pennsylvania State University, and another, "Unwrapping the Mummy: Searching for Kuchuk Hanem," at the symposium "Writing Lives in South Asia and the Middle East," held at the University of Virginia.