According to many scholars today, technology is slowly killing the written word, but it’s also keeping interest in it alive. The University of Virginia has created a new archive, Faulkner at Virginia, which compiles a series of lectures Faulkner gave on campus 1957-58. Those of us not quite ready to yield our grip on the intentional fallacy (in short, the notion that a work’s ‘meaning’ inheres in its author’s intentions) can pore over these audio files, seeking insight into the most ambivalent passages of one of the 20th century’s greatest American authors. The audio archive provides contextual information, as well as “search” and “browse” functions.
July 24, 2010
July 9, 2010
We’re very excited that the debut novel of our talented colleague Professor Laurie Frankel, The Atlas of Love (St. Martin’s Press, 23.99) will be released next month, on August 17. Advance press describes the book as “highly literate,” “insightful,” and “beautifully written”–and some of you may have been fortunate enough to have heard Professor Frankel read from it this past spring. The rest of us are eagerly awaiting it.
If, like us, you can’t wait, you can pre-order the book (or a Kindle version thereof) from amazon.com here.
Congratulations to Laurie from all of us in the department!
July 2, 2010
Accomplished and multiply-honored poet W.S. Merwin will be the next U.S. Poet Laureate. Merwin is known for his tremendous productivity, the variety of his interventions into the language, and his extensive work with translation. At 83, Merwin is among the last of a bumper crop of U.S. poets (including John Ashbery, Allan Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, and Frank O’Hara) born in the late 1920s, and provides a direct link between American literary modernists like Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot and contemporary multicultural poets and writers. Merwin will travel from his home in Hawaii to deliver a poem at the Library of Congress on October 25.