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This talk illuminates the lives of confined Black women by examining places
like jails, prisons, mental health asylums, and – a site not typically
considered confining – the home and related domestic spaces. Dr. Fletcher explores how Black women defied and defined confinement through their
interactions with public, social, and political entities of the period and how
they challenged Victorian ideas of race and femininity in the late 19th
This event will be a traditional lecture with a 50 min lecture and 30 mins for Q&A from the audience. There is no pre-registration. There is plenty of parking at the Health Pavilion, which has no restrictions in the evening.
Charlene J. Fletcher (she/her) is an assistant professor of history at Butler University. She holds a Ph.D. in History from Indiana University,
specializing in 19th-century United States and African American history
and gender studies. Before returning to Indiana, Charlene led a domestic
violence/sexual assault program and one of the most significant prison
reentry initiatives in New York City, assisting women and men in
transitioning from incarceration to society. Charlene’s first book, Confined
Femininity: Race, Gender, and Incarceration in Kentucky, 1865-1920, is
under contract with the University of North Carolina Press.