Faulkner Center Receives MHC Grant

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 8, 2010 — Southeast Missouri State University’s Center for Faulkner Studies has received a $1,767 grant from the Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) to support the Faulkner and Morrison Conference being hosted by the Center Oct. 28-30.

The conference, which will meet in the University Center, will examine similarities and differences in the writings of two Nobel Prize-winning American authors, William Faulkner and Toni Morrison.

Dr. John Duvall, professor of English at Purdue University and author of books and essays on both Faulkner and Morrison, will deliver the keynote address at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28, in the University Center Ballroom.  Duvall will speak on “Morrison’s Engagement with Faulkner’s Dark House.”

A readers’ theater program, “Faulkner, Morrison, and Nobel: A Performance,” scripted and directed by Dr. Roseanna Whitlow, instructor of communications studies at Southeast Missouri State University, will be presented at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29, also in the University Center Ballroom.

On Thursday afternoon, all day Friday, and Saturday morning, 52 scholars from 25 states and six different countries will present papers on various novels and stories by the two featured authors.

Faulkner, who won the 1949 Nobel Prize for Literature, is best known for such novels as The Sound and the Fury, Sanctuary, Light in August, Absalom, Absalom!, and Go Down, Moses.

Morrison, who claimed the 1993 Nobel Prize, is the author of The Bluest Eye, Beloved, Song of Solomon, and, most recently, A Mercy.

All conference events are open to the general public, and admission is free.  For more information, contact the Center for Faulkner Studies at (573) 986-6155 or cfs@semo.edu