Wai Chee Dimock to give Robert E. Knoll lecture April 2 at UNL

Released on 03/16/2009, at 2:00 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

WHEN: Thursday, Apr. 2, 2009

WHERE: Great Plains Art Museum, 1155 Q Street

Lincoln, Neb., March 16th, 2009 —
Wai Chee Dimock
Wai Chee Dimock

Wai Chee Dimock, William Lampson professor of American studies and English at Yale University, will give the next Robert E. Knoll lecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her lecture, "Three Wars: Henry James and Others," will be 7:30 p.m. April 2 at the Great Plains Art Museum, 1155 Q St. The event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a dessert reception.

"Three Wars: Henry James and Others" will examine the shadows of war on American democracy. Beginning with a discussion of Henry James and World War I, it loops back to the American Civil War (by way of Walt Whitman), and goes forward as well to World War II (by way of Kurt Vonnegut and Nicholson Baker).

Dimock's new book, "Through Other Continents: American Literature Across Deep Time," received honorable mention for both the James Russell Lowell Prize of the Modern Language Association and the Harry Levin Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association. A collaborative volume, "Shades of the Planet: American Literature as World Literature," further elaborates on these arguments. She is now at work on a textbook, "American Literature and the World," and a new project, "Genres and Media: A Long Kinship."

Dimock's appearance is sponsored by the UNL English Department's Committee on Research and Teaching, with the generous support of the Robert E. Knoll Lecture Series.

The Knoll Lecture Series was founded to honor the life-long commitment to the study and teaching of English and American literature by the late UNL English professor. The series presents annual lectures by distinguished visiting scholars addressing topics of interest to faculty, undergraduate students, and members of the public who have an interest in literature.

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