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MLA Faculty Spotlight on the Buried Narrative

October 27, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a faculty lecture by William Veeder. Mr. Veeder is Professor Emeritus in Department of English and the Committee on Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities at the University of Chicago

Professor Veeder’s talk is based on the assumption that has driven his teaching and publications for nearly half a century. Pleasure in reading great fiction is increased substantially by our understanding of how great writers manipulate and transform the formal devices bequeathed to them by their tradition. He will be focusing on one such device, the buried narrative-a brief scene introduced into the plot line so subtly that we may read right over it, failing to notice its details, let alone to appreciate its intricate importance. The hope is that by studying buried narratives in masterpieces by James, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, and more recent writers, we can learn to watch out for them in whatever fiction we read-increasing pleasure by sharpening acuity.

After the lecture, there will be a short presentation on the Master of Liberal Arts program at UChicago, and time to socialize with current MLA students, alumni, and faculty.

William Veeder
Professor Emeritus in the Department of English Language and Literature and the College
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