The American South gave the world biscuits, jazz, and a literature that stands among the best of the 20th century. We are pleased to present “Reading Close to Home,” a reading/discussion series that focuses on the short fiction of three Southern giants of American Literature: William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Alice Walker.
The series starts with a study of the works of William Faulkner at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 5 at Lawson McGhee Library. Edward Francisco, Professor of English at Pellissippi State Community College, will lead the discussions. Admission is free.
In 1951, William Faulkner wrote: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” His words seem especially true today as Americans debate issues of race, class, and gender that many thought long since settled. Set in the fictitious Yoknapatawpha County, ten of Faulkner’s novels and numerous short stories depict the decay and collapse of a hubristic society that refused to deal with these very issues. He wrote in the cadence and syntax of his native Mississippi and his stream of consciousness style of writing was in direct contrast to the minimalist style of his contemporary, Ernest Hemingway. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949.
Edward Francisco is Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence at Pellissippi State Community College. He is a poet, novelist, essayist, playwright and scholar. His poetry and fiction have appeared in more than seventy magazines and journals and a half dozen anthologies. He is the author of two novels and was the principal editor of The South in Perspective, an anthology of Southern literature, published by Prentice-Hall. Professor Francisco is also a member of the Oxford Roundtable at the University of Oxford, England.
Sunday, November 5, 2:00 — Introduction to Faulkner’s life and work with film screenings of "Barn Burning" and "A Rose for Emily"
Tuesday, November 7, 6:30 — Discussion of “A Rose for Emily”
Tuesday, November 14, 6:30 — Discussion of “Barn Burning”
Tuesday, November 21, 6:30 — Discussion of “Dry September”