Delanoy to Present Friday's Faculty Lecture Series

December 1, 2011

Visiting Assistant Professor of English Brent Delanoy will present this month's Faculty Lecture Series at 4 p.m. Friday, December 2, in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall.

In "Body Count: Death and Conflict in the Undergraduate Workshop," Delanoy will discuss the use of death as a substitute for depth. He describes the lecture: "The first thing we're taught as writers of fiction is that all good stories thrive on conflict. Conflict, however, is rarely defined for us. Is an argument over the remote control sufficient for a good story? Where does the new writer get her sense of narrative conflict? Books or movies? Television or stories? In the absence of a definition, writers (especially in an undergraduate workshop) tend to turn murderous, killing their characters in ever new and exciting ways. So, in the absence of real conflict, death will do. Drawing on student work, published stories (Tobias Wolff's Bullet in the Brain and Kevin McIlvoy's Last Will), and some popular culture, we'll examine why death is often used as a poor shorthand for emotional depth."

Delanoy's lecture is the fourth of eight discussions during the 2010-11 academic year. Faculty members will discuss recent research in their fields, focusing on philosophy, popular culture, history, English, current events, and music. This year's upcoming presenters (subject to change) include Associate Professor of History Cherilyn Lacy, Professor of History Edythe Quinn, Professor of Anthropology Michael Woost, and Assistant Professor of Music Jason Curley.

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