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Special Collections Spotlight: Zora Neale Hurston

September 4th, 2016

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Special Collections Spotlight: Isaac Leeser’s “The Law of God”

May 15th, 2016

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May Special Collection Spotlight

Special Collections Spotlight: Daumier Lithographs

December 7th, 2015

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Upcoming Event: The Civil War Settlers

October 27th, 2015

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Upcoming Event: Florian Sedlmeier Lecture

October 20th, 2015

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Florian Sedlmeier
Asst. Professor , Dept. of Literature
John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies
Free University Berlin

Wednesday, Oct 28 at noon in DuBois (Rabb 119)

The Field and Its Archives: William Dean Howells

Both contemporaries and present-day critics describe W. D. Howells with expressions such as “The Dean of American Letters,” indicating Howells’s role as an institutional facilitator in the literary scene of late nineteenth-century North America. In my talk I want to conceptually account for this rhetoric. Howells imagines himself and is imagined by others as the editor of a literary field—an imagination that covers both a sociology and a history of literature. While probing the conditions of this literary field imagination in Howells’s criticism, I will also examine its implications for a reading practice of his novels. Because the field is contingent upon notions of the archival, we may read realist fiction as sequences that generate a self-archiving and self-historicizing poetics of iteration (iteration of both characters and scenes across individual novels), breaching the tension between serial publication formats and the novel as a bound book.

Close Looking: Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison

September 2nd, 2015

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