CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 15, 2013 – Dr. Robert Hamblin, director of the Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University, will deliver the keynote address at “The International Faulkner,” a conference being hosted by Lucian Blaga University in Sibiu, Romania, May 31 to June 1.
Hamblin will also conduct a “Teaching Faulkner” workshop for conference participants.
Hamblin’s keynote address will focus on what he has learned about reading Faulkner from international scholars who have visited Southeast’s Center for Faulkner Studies over the years to conduct study and research.
“Americans view Faulkner primarily as a Southern writer, one whose writings reflect the history of race, gender, socio-economic and other cultural issues from pre-Civil War days to the mid-20th century,” Hamblin said. “But, many international scholars know very little about the American South. They read Faulkner in terms of their own cultural experiences or from the perspective of universal character types and themes.”
Hamblin accompanies every international visitor of the Center for Faulkner Studies on a visit to Faulkner’s hometown, Oxford, Miss., and its environs to give them a sense of the locale in which Faulkner lived and wrote.
“I teach them about Faulkner’s Mississippi,” he said. “They teach me about how Faulkner is read in China, Japan, Korea, Romania, the Republic of Georgia and other countries. We each benefit from such exchanges.”