Where is American Literature?

Friday, November 8, 2013  4:00pm The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room


Center for American Studies

Heyman Center for the Humanities

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


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