Westminster College English Professor's Essay Published

Thursday, February 14, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - An essay written by Dr. Kristianne Kalata Vaccaro, Westminster assistant professor of English, was published in Nineteenth-Century British Travelers in the New World, a collection of essays on 19th-century British travelers' perceptions of America.

Vaccaro's essay, "Telling ‘a still more dismal story': Cultural Role-Playing and Surrogate Narration in Kemble's Georgian Journal," explores a travel journal that celebrated actress Fanny Kemble wrote while living on her American husband's plantation in the late 1830s.

The essay studies how Kemble's theatre background informs her narration of the slaves' daily experience.  Vaccaro argues the journal's emphasis on acts of role-playing and spectating culminates in Kemble's performance of slave women's voices, a performance that is simultaneously sympathetic and condescending.

"Such performances contribute to our understanding of how slavery was narratively constructed for both British and American readers," Vaccaro said.

Vaccaro, a Westminster graduate who joined the faculty in 2008, earned a master's degree and Ph.D. from Duquesne University. 

Contact Vaccaro at (724) 946-7350 or email for more information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.


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Dr. Kristianne Kalata Vaccaro, assistant professor of English