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Thursday, 06 January

117. The Faulkner-Oprah File: The Summer of Faulkner

3:30–4:45 p.m., Diamond Salon 2, J. W. Marriott

Program arranged by the William Faulkner Society

Presiding: Jaime Harker, Univ. of Mississippi

Speakers: Thadious M. Davis, Univ. of Pennsylvania; Robert Hamblin, Southeast Missouri State Univ.; Cecilia Konchar Farr, Saint Catherine’s Women’s Coll.; Riché D. Richardson, Cornell Univ.

This panel uses the five-year anniversary of Oprah’s summer of Faulkner to consider its larger literary and cultural implications. For many, this alliance between Oprah and Faulkner was unlikely, if not treacherous, pop culture schlock merged with modernist complexity and profundity. The panel suggests, however, that the summer of Faulkner complicates such simple binaries, suggesting the long interdependence of highbrow writers, the literary marketplace, and popular culture.

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