University of Louisville's Literature-Culture Conference Features Authors in Free Keynote Sessions [Louisville Dot Chic]


The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900 will celebrate its 40th anniversary Feb. 23-25 as about 600 scholars gather at the University of Louisville.

UofL’s English and classical and modern languages departments sponsor the Belknap Campus event. Keynote addresses listed below are free and public; those speakers are:

—Karen Tei Yamashita, University of California-Santa Cruz literature professor and creative writing program co-director. Her novel “I Hotel” won the 2011 California Book Award for fiction; other works include “Circle K Cycles,” “Tropic of Orange,” “Brazil-Maru” and “Through the Arc of the Rain Forest.” She will speak about “I Hotel: Civil Rights and Freedom” at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 23 in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library.

—Simon Critchley, New School of Social Research philosophy professor and chair. His works include “The Book of Dead Philosophers,” “On Humour,” “Very Little…Almost Nothing” and “Continental Philosophy, A Very Short Introduction.” He will speak on “The Hamlet Doctrine” at 5 p.m. Feb. 23 in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library.

—Natasha Salguero, Ecuadorian poet. She will give her keynote talk in Spanish at 3:15 p.m. Feb. 24 in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library.

—Tom McCarthy, British novelist and artist. His novels include “Remainder” and “Men in Space,” and he regularly writes about literature and art for publications including The New York Times and The London Review of Books. He will speak about “Transmission and the Individual Remix: How Literature Works” at 5 p.m. Feb. 24 in Room 101, Strickler Hall.

—Adalaide Morris, University of Iowa English professor. She writes about poetry and new media; her works includes the essay collection “Sound States: Innovative Poetics and Acoustical Technologies” and a poetry study “How to Live/What to Do: H.D.’s Cultural Poetics.” She will end the conference with a 4:30 p.m. talk Feb. 25 on “That’s Not Poetry: Composition in an Age of Information” in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library.

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