Southeast’s Center for Faulkner Studies Welcomes International Scholars

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The Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University has welcomed two international scholars for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Zhao Jing from the University of Jinan of the People’s Republic of China and Rogerio Lobo Saber from the Federal University of Minas Gerais of Brazil will continue their studies of William Faulkner and American literature at the Center for one year.

Faulkner research is a new area of interest for Jing, who is excited to live in Cape Girardeau.

“I found out about the Center from other Chinese scholars who have been here before,” she said. “The people here have been very helpful, and I’m learning a lot about Faulkner and American literature.”

Lobo Saber became interested in Faulkner while pursuing his master’s degree and is working to complete his doctoral dissertation while at Southeast.

“My study compares William Faulkner’s novels to the works of two other 20th century novelists, namely Lúcio Cardoso and Julien Green,” Lobo Saber said.

Lobo Saber is the first visiting scholar from Brazil to visit the Center, which has hosted more than 50 international scholars since 2000.

Faulkner’s work remains popular around the world, making the Center’s resources and information a valuable and unique experience for scholars and admirers alike, said Dr. Christopher Rieger, director of the Center for Faulkner Studies.

“We hope that having scholars come here for their research projects will continue to stimulate interest in Faulkner among new generations of students,” he said.

The Center will host the Faulkner and Garcia Marquez Conference Oct. 11-13 on the Southeast campus. This year’s conference is the sixth in a biennial series and is expected to draw around 40 scholars from across the country and around the world.

“We hope this conference in October on Faulkner and Gabriel Garcia Marquez will introduce our Center and University to a whole new audience,” Rieger said.

Photo Caption: From left to right are Zhao Jing and Rogerio Lobo Saber at a mural dedicated to William Faulkner as part of Southeast’s Center for Faulkner Studies.