Please join us for a presentation from one of the Library’s Lillian Gary Taylor Fellows in American Literature, Laura Wright. The presentation will begin at 11:00 a.m., June 14th, in Clemons 407.
Wright’s talk traces the role of William Faulkner through contemporary literature not through his stylistic innovations, but through his influence on literary prizes. Beginning with Faulkner’s Nobel Prize in Literature in 1949, the presentation draws from the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library’s holdings of the Faulkner Foundation to demonstrate the impact of this prize in shaping the careers of first-time novelists. It concludes with a brief examination of Faulkner’s legacy in the formation of the PEN/Faulkner in 1981. Taken together, these prizes reflect evolving definitions of “American Literature.”