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Literature and culture conference attracts writers, scholars

by Hess,Cynthia E last modified May 20, 2010 02:26 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Topics run the gamut from 9–11 to environment, film to music, poetry to geography when about 600 scholars gather Feb. 18-20 at the University of Louisville for the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900.

UofL’s English and classical and modern languages departments sponsor the 38th annual event. Keynote addresses listed below are free and public. Those speakers will include:

—Mary Jo Bang, Washington University English professor. Her poetry volumes include “The Bride of E,” “Elegy,” “Apology for Want” and “Louise in Love,” and she is a former Boston Review poetry co-editor. She will read poetry at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 18 in Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium.

—Michael Davidson, University of California-San Diego literature professor. He has written eight poetry volumes and books including “Concerto for the Left Hand: Disability and the Defamiliar Body,” and he edited “New Collected Poems of George Oppen.” He will talk about “'Closed in Glass’: Oppen’s Class Spectacles” at 5 p.m. Feb. 18 in Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium.

—Jacobo Sefami, University of California-Irvine Spanish professor. He also directs Middlebury College’s Summer Spanish School and has published a novel, anthology and other works. He will give the Hispanic keynote lecture about Mexican poetry in Spanish at 3:15 p.m. Feb. 19 in Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium.

—Helena Maria Viramontes, Cornell University creative writing professor. She wrote the novels “Their Dogs Came With Them” and “Under the Feet of Jesus” and co-edited two literary collections. She will speak about “Cemeteries, Freeways and the Bones of the Forgotten: How Geography Shaped One Writer’s Inspiration” at 5 p.m. Feb. 19 in Strickler Hall Auditorium.

—Rita Felski, University of Virginia English professor. Her books include “Uses of Literature,” “Rethinking Tragedy,” “Literature After Feminism” and “The Gender of Modernity.” Her talk on “The Demon of Interpretation” will be at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium.

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