Hamblin to Present at Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference



June 17, 2010 – Dr. Robert Hamblin, director of the Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University, will be one of the featured presenters July 18-22 at the 37th annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference at the University of Mississippi.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Faulkner and Film,” and Hamblin will deliver the opening paper, entitled “Faulkner and Hollywood: A Call for Reassessment.”

Faulkner, the Nobel Prize-winning author best known for such world-renowned novels as The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, and Light in August, worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood during portions of three decades: the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.  Assigned to nearly 40 projects, he received screen credits for six movies, three of which ᾰ “The Road to Glory,” “To Have and Have Not” and “The Big Sleep” ᾰ are now considered classics.

A number of Faulkner’s own novels and stories have also been adapted by other authors for the screen, most notably The Sound and the Fury, Intruder in the Dust, The Reivers, and Tomorrow.

The Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection of William Faulkner Materials, now owned by Southeast Missouri State University and housed in its Rare Book Room, is one of the major repositories for Faulkner’s screenplays.  Hamblin and Brodsky have edited four volumes of those scripts in their seven-volume series, A Comprehensive Guide to the Brodsky Collection, published by the University Press of Mississippi.

“Compared to the enormous amount of worldwide attention given Faulkner’s novels and short stories,” Hamblin explained, “the critical attention devoted to his movie work has been meager.”

But, he adds, “That should change with the focus of this year’s conference.”