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2014 Drake Lecture – The 21st-Century American Novel: An Anatomy

Dr_ Gordon HunterCONWAY, Ark. (January 20, 2014) – Dr. Gordon Hutner will deliver this year's Drake Lecture titled "The 21st-Century American Novel:  An Anatomy" on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Reves Recital Hall.

Hutner is Professor of English at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the founding editor of American Literary History (Oxford University Press) and author of What America Read: Taste, Class, and the Novel, 1920-1960. He has authored numerous articles and edited several collections and anthologies, including Secrets and Sympathy: Forms of Disclosure in Hawthorne's Novels and a new edition of Sinclair Lewis's Babbit (Oxford, 2010). He has also written on the future of the humanities in an era of economic crisis for The New Republic.

The lecture, sponsored by the Hendrix College Department of English, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Hendrix English professor Dr. Toni Jaudon at 607-279-7442 or email

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