I recently traveled to Paris, France, to present my paper “Let The World Know You Are Alive: The Concept of Genius and May Alcott Nieriker” at the one-day conference Recovering May Alcott Nieriker held at the Universite de Paris–Diderot. The conference attracted scholars from the UK, America, Italy, and Australia. The Pulitzer Prize winner, John Matteson, gave the keynote and was an active participatant. I was interviewed for the online podcast C19 which will be posted sometime in Dec 2018. It was both exciting and informative, and I was proud to take part.
May Alcott Nieriker was an artist and the younger sister of Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women, which has been in print and loved world wide-wide for over 150 years! Both women faced the built-in bias against women as creative professionals in their time (the nineteenth century). My paper describes their different reactions to this bias.