Writing North and South
Wednesday, September 21
The United States and Ireland have historically been divided into Northern and Southern regions, with long-term, often violent consequences. In conversation with Professor Caleb Smith, three writers explore how these histories have inﬂuenced their work and consider the ways in which the concept of regionalism can serve as both spur and limit to critical engagement.
Caleb Smith is professor of English and American Studies at Yale. He is the author of The Prison and the American Imagination (2009) and The Oracle and the Curse (2013), and his edition of Austin Reed’s 1858 prison memoir, The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict, appeared from Random House in 2016. As a contributing editor at Los Angeles Review of Books, Smith helped to launch No Crisis, a special series on the state of criticism in the twenty-ﬁrst century. He has written about contemporary literature, media, and the arts for Bomb, Paper Monument, Avidly, and other venues.
Co-sponsored by the Whitney Humanities Center and the Department of English.