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Accessing David Foster Wallace’s “other selves” through the archive

By Heather Houser

To commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the publication of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, Heather Houser, an Associate Professor of English at The University of Texas at Austin, will be one of the readers sharing their favorite passages from the novel on Wednesday, February 3, at noon. Undergraduates Dylan Davidson, Kendall DeBoer, Michael Esparza, and Deborah Lin will also be reading at the free event, Prose on the Plaza.

Past seminars Houser has taught on David Foster Wallace’s work have included class visits to the Ransom Center to view materials from the archive.

 

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Fellows Find: Manuscripts reveal internal battles of Civil War novelists writing outside the “moonlight and magnolias” school

By Harry Ransom Center

Dr. Niall Munro, Senior Lecturer in American Literature at Oxford Brookes University, was a fellow at the Ransom Center during the summer of 2015. His research was supported by the Fred W. Todd Southern Literature Endowment Fund. Munro is at work on a book entitled “Our only ‘felt’ history”: American modernism and the Civil War. While at the Ransom Center, Munro accessed the collections of Evelyn Scott and Stark Young. Read more

Author T. C. Boyle on campus for a night of literature and discussion

By Kathleen Telling

The Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas at Austin presents acclaimed author T. C. Boyle at the University’s Avaya Auditorium on Thursday, November 19, at 7:30 p.m. The event is held in conjunction with The Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies (TILTS) public forum, exploring the placement of environmentalism within the humanities. Boyle will be reading a fictional work rooted in the environmentalist themes presented by the TILTS symposium. Read more

Q & A with scholar Jonathan Bate

By Isabel Dunn

Ted Hughes’s will stipulates that there be no official biography of his life. Scholar Jonathan Bate worked with the Hughes’s estate for four years to create an account of a “literary life.” The result is Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life (Harper, October 2015). When the estate suddenly revoked its permission to quote freely from the archives, Bate challenged himself to find a way to continue his project. Read more