Ewell to Keynote Faulkner and Chopin Conference

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 29, 2008 — Barbara Ewell, the Dorothy Harrell Brown Distinguished Professor of English at Loyola University, New Orleans, will deliver the keynote address at the Faulkner and Chopin Conference at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2, in the University Center Ballroom.

The topic of Ewell’s address, which is supported by a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council, will be “Storm Stories:  Kate Chopin and William Faulkner in New Orleans.”  The general public is invited, and admission is free.

A leading scholar in Southern and women’s literature, Ewell has published treatments of Chopin, Faulkner, Ellen Glasgow, Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, John Barth, Carson McCullers, and other important writers.  She is the author of Kate Chopin, a critical biography, and coeditor of two anthologies, Voices of the American South and Southern Local Color: Stories of Region, Race and Gender

Ewell is also the guest-editor of the Southern Review’s special issue on Chopin’s famous novel, The Awakening, and coeditor of two volumes on Louisiana writers.  She has authored chapters of The Encyclopedia of American Literature, Companion to Southern Literature, A Readers Guide to Women’s Studies, and other reference works.

Ewell, who holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dallas and a doctoral degree from Notre Dame University, has taught at Loyola University since 1984.  Previously she held teaching positions at the University of Mississippi, Tulane University, and Newcomb College.  In 1992 she was a Fulbright lecturer in Santiago, Chile, and, in 1994, a visiting professor at Fordham University.

Ewell has directed summer seminars and institutes for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.  She has been awarded research and study grants by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, the Modern Language Association, and Newberry Library of Chicago. 

She is the recipient of special recognition and service awards from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the Sarah Isom Center for Women at the University of Mississippi.

An outstanding and innovative classroom teacher, Ewell has received the Dux Academicus award from Loyola University and has twice received the Anthony Waters Award for Distinguished Teaching from City College of Loyola University.