Purdue Professor Presenting Keynote Address at Faulkner and Morrison Conference

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 19, 2010 – John Duvall, professor of English at Purdue University and editor of MFS: Modern Fiction Studies, will deliver the keynote address for the Faulkner and Morrison Conference being hosted by Southeast Missouri State University’s Center for Faulkner Studies, Oct.28 -30.

Duvall’s address, “Morrison’s Engagement with Faulkner’s Dark House,” will be presented at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28, in the University Center Ballroom. Admission is free and open to the public.

Duvall holds a bachelor of arts degree with distinction in English from Ohio State University, a master of arts degree in English from the University of Delaware, and a doctoral degree in English with certification in criticism and interpretive theory from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He has published extensively on the works of both William Faulkner and Toni Morrison, and is the author of Race and White Identity in Southern Fiction: From Faulkner to Morrison; The Identifying Fictions of Toni Morrison: Modernist Authenticity and Postmodern Blackness; and Faulkner’s Marginal Couple: Invisible, Outlaw, and Unspeakable Communities.

He has also edited or co-edited two additional Faulkner studies: Faulkner and Postmodernism and Faulkner and His Critics; and has authored more than 50 book chapters, journal articles, or conference presentations on Faulkner and Morrison.

Duvall has twice received Excellence in Teaching Awards from Purdue University, and he has received fellowships and research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Center for Humanistic Studies at Purdue, and the Center for Humanities at the University of Memphis.

The Faulkner and Morrison Conference is supported by a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council, the state-based arm of the National Endowment for the Humanities.