Libraries to Host “American Dime Novels: Racialization / Erasure” Virtual Presentation | E-News


WVU Libraries will welcome English teacher Nancy Caronia for a virtual presentation titled “American Dime Novels: Racialization / Erasure” on Thursday, November 4 at 4 pm.

Caronia, an associate teaching professor at the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Department of English, will discuss her exhibit now open in Room 1010 of the downtown library. It includes a series of covers of dime novels, showing how stereotypes of these communities have followed and / or promoted state and national policies regarding immigration policies, including the Chinese Exclusion Law, Laws on Indian removal and Jim Crow’s voter suppression practices.

To virtually attend Caronia’s presentation, register for the Zoom program.

“These covers reflect not only the past history of the United States, but also current practices regarding 21st century immigration policies and discourse in political and popular culture,” Caronia said.

Caronia received the 2020-2021 Faculty / Staff Exhibition Award from the Arts in the Libraries Committee for her proposal to visually present her scholarship.

While working on an interdisciplinary volume exploring how the American ten-cent novel genre helped disseminate discriminatory notions about Italian immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Caronia discovered that “ten-cent novels reinforce racist and ethnic stereotypes not only of Italian immigrants, but also of indigenous, black and Chinese people and communities.

Visit the exhibit online or view the event on Facebook.

Students who attend can save hours with this iServe list.

The Zoom program will provide live captioning. Sign language interpretation services are available on request. To request an interpreter, contact [email protected] at least three working days before the event.

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