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Where is American Literature?

General Programming

dateNovember 8, 2013 timeFriday, 4:00pm EST location The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
  • Center for American Studies
Drawing of horse on weathered paper with the alphabet and phrase "Read, and be wise"

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