Davis Smith-Brecheisen, University of Texas-Dallas | Newberry

Davis Smith-Brecheisen, University of Texas-Dallas

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

5:30-7:30 pm CDT

Rettinger Hall, in person at the Newberry Library  

American Literature Seminar

The Reader’s Share, Davis Smith-Brecheisen, University of Texas-Dallas

This essay examines how two very different authors — James Baldwin and William Gass — reflexively mobilize the ontology of literature to exploit the tension between the work of fiction and the act of reading, highlighting an emerging conflict in the mid-sixties between the demands of art and the discourse of literary theory. In doing so, this essay begins to stake out new ground in ongoing debates how we read now and encourages us to rethink the literary period we now call postmodernism.

Cost and Registration Information 

This event is free, but all participants must register in advance and space is limited. To register and request a copy of the pre-circulated paper, click here. Please do not request a paper unless you plan to attend.