Views of America in fiction
Mark Schenker, college dean of Academic Affairs at Yale University, returns to Wilton Library to reflect on the different aspects of America through fiction. The three-part series, Visions and Versions of America: Three Views from Fiction, are Saturday lectures beginning Sept. 15 from 4 to 5:30. In this presidential election year, voters may be reminded that the federalist philosophy reflected in the Electoral College system envisions an America that is not a single homogenized nation but an amalgam of states and regions. In these three lectures, Mr. Schenker will consider how the geographical and cultural aspects of northern New England, the Deep South, and the American West enrich and complicate the nation’s national identity. The first discussion centers on northern New England, mirrored in the novel, The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896) by Sarah Orne Jewett; Sept. 29 is an exploration of the deep south through William Faulkner’s Absalom! Absalom! (1936); the American West is captured in Blood Meridian (1985) by Cormac McCarthy on Oct. 6. Registration is highly recommended and attendees are asked to sign up separately for each program in the series. The lecture series has been generously sponsored by an anonymous donor. The series includes a one-hour talk followed by a Q&A and informal reception.