The academic world was slow to “discover” Harper Lee or her writings, but that neglect has changed with time. Even before Go Set a Watchman was released in the summer of 2015, her writing had become the subject of one scholarly book, at least three anthologies of critical essays, numerous unauthorized biographies, documentaries, and one memoir (by one who claimed to have permission, a claim challenged in a lawsuit). The field is even more exciting now that we can study her writing process in greater depth.
Please join us for a lively panel discussion of Lee and her writings, sponsored by the English & Philosophy Dept. and the AUM Library.
When: Oct. 20th, 2015 beginning at 12pm (light refreshments will be served)
Where: West Room, 10th floor of the Library Tower
Nancy Anderson, Associate Professor Emerita of English, has admired Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird since its 1960 publication and befriended the author when they appeared on a program together in the early 1980s. Since then, she has become a leading authority on Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird, publishing a number of articles on To Kill a Mockingbird, spoken all over the state and out of state, appeared in two documentaries, participated on Canadian radio shows, taped an interview for NPR, and served as a panelist for a forum sponsored by AL.com.
Robert C. Evans, Professor of English, is the author or editor of over thirty books and has published more than three hundred articles or notes. Many of these are on twentieth-century American fiction, including an essay on Lee’s classic novel in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird: New Essays (2010).
Darren Harris-Fain, Professor of English, regularly teaches the twentieth-century American novel and has written about To Kill a Mockingbird in the reference book American Decades: 1960-1969. He was also a featured panelist when the novel was selected as Portsmouth, Ohio’s One Book, One Community program in 2009.