Professor Sean McCann: “My Ghostly Life: Russell Banks and the Limits of Sympathy”

From Kathleen Coe Roberts an opportunity to hear a really nice guy talk (I actually saw him a few minutes ago):

In the last decade of the twentieth century, Russell Banks published a series of brilliant novels that explore the possibilities for democracy in the post-Cold-War United States.  Banks’s fiction addresses this problem not just thematically, but formally and generically as well—both invoking and calling into question the once widely shared notion that literary fiction might serve as an important means of democratic education. Professor McCann proposes that Banks’ work can be read as at once a lament for and an indictment of the declining belief that the novel and the university could work together toward the realization of a democratic society.

Date:   Monday, Feb. 21
Time:   4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Place:  Russell House

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