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Cox to present Graves Lecture about the significance of hands in British Literature

October 18, 2017

Kim Cox Kim Cox

CHADRON – The second Chadron State College Graves Lecture of the fall semester will feature Kim Cox with “What’s in a Hand? Violence, Violation, and Desire in C18 and C19 British Literature,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in Room 111 of the King Library.

She will focus on Charles Jeffrys’ broadside ballad “’Tis Hard to Give the Hand” published, put to music, and illustrated in England and America between 1845 and 1858.

Cox maintains that touching hands was a form of communication that 18th and 19th century British writers invoked as a means of acknowledging and commenting on the material conditions of gender and the politics of sexual expression that otherwise went unspoken during the period.

“When hands touch in literature, they communicate, conveying emotion, sentiment, and desire to both characters and readers through the quality, intensity, and duration of the touch itself,” Cox said.

Michael Stephens and Jim Margetts will present the final Graves Lecture of the semester Tuesday, Nov. 14, at  6 p.m. in the Sandoz Center Atrium. They will perform an original composition by Stephens followed by a discussion titled "Relics and Remnants.”

Past lectures can be seen on CSC’s YouTube channel.

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