Where is American Literature?

General Programming

  • Center for American Studies

Why do we continue to think of some books and authors as collectively constituting American literature? Why do we hold onto this idea that America has a literature and that certain authors--like William Faulkner or Nathaniel Hawthorne or Emily Dickinson--represent this concept of American literariness more than others? This talk will explore the global, often multi-modal networks through which American literature gains meaning and definition.

  • Caroline Levander Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Initiatives, Carlson Professor in the Humanities, and Professor of English Rice University