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September 20, 2012: The Uses of History in the Biographical Novel

Roundtable conversation with three prominent writers who have published novels that are also intellectual biographies: Bruce Duffy, author The World As I Found It (which features characters such as Ludwig Wittgenstein, Bertrand Russell, and G.E. Moore); Jay Parini, author of The Last Station (about the last year of Tolstoy’s life) and Lance Olsen (author of Nietzsche’s Kisses). Through the discussion, we hope to shed light on the nature of this new genre of fiction, clarifying how and why the novel as intellectual biography is more effective for illuminating historical events and political movements than the traditional historical novel. Moderator and organizer: Michael Lackey, English Discipline, UM-Morris.

Cosponsored by the Departments of English; French & Italian; History; and German, Scandinavian & Dutch at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, and English, Philosophy, and French Disciplines at the U of MN – Morris.

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