Dr. Leslie Petty, associate professor of English, will introduce a viewing of George Cukor’s 1933 film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women. Free and open to the public, the event will take place at 2 p.m. on April 6 at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.
The film focuses on the travails of the novel’s characters—the March sisters—as they await the return of their father fighting as a Union soldier in the Civil War. It stars Katherine Hepburn as the irrepressible Jo March.
Immediately following the screening, Petty will moderate a question and answer session about the film and novel. She is author of Romancing the Vote: Feminist Activism in American Fiction, 1870-1920, and her research includes 19th century American literature, gender and sexuality studies, and American studies.
The event is presented in conjunction with “Angels & Tomboys: Girlhood in Nineteenth Century American Art,” on view at the Brooks through May 12.