William Faulkners work, home attract C-SPAN for live May 5 broadcast
May 2, 2002
Faulkners life and work are the focus of a live 2-4 p.m. broadcast for C-SPANs original series, American Writers II: The Twentieth Century, which explores the countrys history through selected writers and examines what their work means to Americans today. The broadcast originates from inside the main house, which remains closed to the public because of renovations.
Its doubtful that they could have a series on American writers and not include Faulkner. C-SPANs visit is very significant and very right, said William D. Griffith, curator of Rowan Oak, which is owned by the University of Mississippi.
The public is invited to view the broadcast in the Triplett Alumni Centers Butler Auditorium on Grove Loop Road.
Viewer questions are expected to fuel discussion by Dr. Don Kartiganer, Howry Professor of Faulkner Studies at the University of Mississippi, and Thadious M. Davis, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. They also are expected to discuss Faulkners life and his first major work, The Sound and the Fury.
Kartiganer has written widely on Faulkner and is director of the annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference. Among Davis publications is The Game of Property: Race, Gender, and Law in Faulkners Go Down, Moses.
The show encores on C-SPAN May 10 at 7 p.m. Oxford-area schools also have been visited by C-SPANs 45-foot-long, bright-yellow bus, which is a mobile classroom and a working production studio.
Those who wish to attend the public airing in Butler Auditorium and require special assistance because of a disability should call the UM Department of English at 915-7439.
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