Readings at the Nick


Readings at the Nick: Katherine Kernberger

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1 hour 6 minutes 59 seconds

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Katherine Kernberger (professor of English at Linfield College) reads from her book The Journal of Marie Bashkirtseff and shows examples of Bashkirtseff's art. Bashkirtseff began keeping her journal at age 14. When her hope for fame as a singer faded as the symptoms of tuberculosis appeared, she turned to art and achieved a degree of success in the annual Salons before she died of the disease at age 25. All earlier versions of the journal, based on Marie's mother's bowdlerized excerpts, deliver a falsified portrait of Marie, that of a young woman who appears to reflect the Victorian ideal. Kernberger's new translation corrects this view, presenting a more assertive, self-centered and modern figure, troubled and angry about the restrictions girls and women faced, who would be more at home in today's world than she was in her own.


Sponsored by the Linfield College English Department and the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.