CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 28, 2006 — The Department of English at Southeast Missouri State University will present the Annual H.O. Grauel Lecture at 2 p.m. April 2 in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall.
Guest scholar Dr. Casie Hermansson will present “No Hesitations Outside the Door: Margaret Atwood Opens Bluebeard’s Forbidden Chamber.” The lecture is free and open to the public.
Hermansson is a tenured associate professor of English literature at Pittsburg State University. She is currently working on a book about Bluebeard in the English language tradition, collecting and analyzing examples of the fairy tale and its numerous recastings over the past 300 years. It is under contract with the University Press of Mississippi. Her prize-winning dissertation, “Reading Feminist Intertextuality Through Bluebeard Stories,” was published in 2001 by Edwin Mellen.
Hermansson received her bachelor of arts degree in English and French and a bachelor of arts (honors) in English, from Massey University, New Zealand. She earned her master of arts degree and doctoral degree at University of Toronto. Her scholarly interests are 20th-century British literature, women’s literature, post-colonial literature, detective fiction and the short story.
Her publications include “Reading Feminist Intertextuality Through Bluebeard Stories” (2001); articles on The Great Gatsby, on Northanger Abbey, and on the Canadian short story. She has made presentations on Bluebeard, feminist intertextuality, and academic detective fiction.