CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 22, 2009 — Faulkner and Twain, a collection of scholarly essays about two of America’s greatest writers, has been published for the Center for Faulkner Studies by Southeast Missouri State University Press.
The 15 essays in the volume, edited by Dr. Robert Hamblin and Melanie Speight, were selected from papers presented at the 2006 Faulkner and Twain Conference sponsored by Southeast’s Center for Faulkner Studies.
Hamblin is director of the Faulkner Center. Speight, an English teacher at Ste. Genevieve High School, is a former research assistant in the Faulkner Center who helped coordinate the Faulkner and Twain Conference.
The essays include the conference keynote address by Robert Brinkmeyer, a noted Southern Studies scholar from the University of South Carolina; essays by M. Thomas Inge, a widely published Southern literature scholar from Randolph-Macon College, and Leland Krauth, a well-known Twain scholar from the University of Colorado; and additional papers by scholars from Canada, France, Japan, and the United States.
Area scholars with essays in the book are Jason Cowan of Jefferson Community College in Hillsboro, Mo., Thomas Eaton, assistant professor of English at Southeast, and Hamblin.
The various essays discuss Faulkner’s and Twain’s treatment of such topics as humor, the frontier, the Mississippi River, race relations, politics, detective fiction and death.