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Professor Virginia Zimmerman To Speak

On Thursday, September 25th, the Nineteenth-Century British Research Seminar presents a talk by Professor Virginia Zimmerman, “Stone Hinges: Archaeological Fantasy and Time Travel in late-Victorian Children’s Fiction.” The talk will take place from 3:30 to 5:00pm, in 1210-1211 McClung Tower, and refreshments will be served. Professor Zimmerman specializes in Victorian literature and culture and also in children’s literature from the 19th century to the present.

Professor Zimmerman’s scholarly works address the intersection of material culture and time, whether in poems about archaeology or in children’s books. Her publications on Victorian literature investigate the literature of geology and archaeology, with special emphasis on perceptions of time. Her articles on children’s literature examine similar themes. Her work has appeared in Children’s Literature, Configurations, the Journal of Literature & Science, Victorian Periodicals Review, Victorians Institute Journal and Pedagogy. She has articles forthcoming from Victorian Review and The Lion and the Unicorn. Her book, Excavating Victorians, was published by SUNY press in 2008. Dr. Zimmerman also writes children’s fiction. La Finestra del Temps was translated into Catalan and published in Barcelona. This Powerful Rhyme is forthcoming from Clarion Books. Professor’s Zimmerman’s article “Harry Potter and the Gift of Time” (Children’s Literature 37 (2009): 194-215) can be found for free online via Project Muse (available through UTK’s Library Databases).

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