Visions and Versions of America: Three Views from Fiction – Mark Schenker
Saturday, Sept. 15, Sept. 29 & Oct. 6, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
In this presidential election year, we are reminded that the federalist philosophy reflected in the Electoral College system envisions an America that is not a single homogenized nation but an amalgam of states and regions. In three lectures on American fiction, Mark Schenker, Yale College Dean of Academic Affairs, will consider how the geographical and cultural aspects of Northern New England, the Deep South, and the American West enrich and complicate our national identity. Each session will consist of a one hour talk, followed by a Q&A. Wine and cheese will be served. The lecture series has been generously sponsored by an anonymous donor. Registration highly recommended. Please register separately for each program in the series.
Series dates and topics:
Sept 15 Sarah Orne Jewett, The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896)
Sept 29 William Faulkner, Absalom! Absalom! (1936)
Oct 6 Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian (1985)