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Mary Chapman



Mary Chapman specializes in American literature and transnational American Studies; in particular, she works on intersections between cultural forms (i.e. suffrage activism, print culture, parlor theatricals, parades), literary production, and politics in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America. She is currently writing a biography of an enslaved Chinese girl who toured the world with an acrobatic troupe during the Gold Rush and later became the mother of the two writers who founded Asian American literature: Edith Eaton (“Sui Sin Far”) and Winnifred Eaton (“Onoto Watanna”). Chapman is the Director of the Winnifred Eaton Archive https://www.winnifredeatonarchive.org/ and founding director of University of British Columbia’s Public Humanities Hub.