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Panel to discuss new volume on history of American novel

The English department will host a panel discussion on the recently published Cambridge History of the American Novel March 30 from 3:30-5 p.m. in the auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. A reception follows at 5:30 p.m. in room 261 of Park Hall.

Open free to the public, the discussion is sponsored by the UGA Faculty Seminar on Transnational Studies, the departments of English and comparative literature, the President’s Venture Fund and Douglas Anderson, the Sterling-Goodman Professor of English.

The Cambridge History of the American Novel traces the history of the genre from its emergence in the 18th century to current time. Featuring original essays by scholars worldwide, the volume includes criticism and offers new views of American classics as well as the role of popular genres—such as science fiction and mystery novels—in the creation of the American literary tradition.

Panelists will include the three general editors of the book: Leonard Cassuto, professor of American literature at Fordham University; Clare Eby, professor of English and acting associate director of the Humanities Institute at the University of Connecticut; and Benjamin Reiss, professor of English at Emory University. Valerie Babb and Barbara McCaskill of the UGA English department contributed to the volume and will participate in the discussion.

The panel will be moderated by Nicholas Allen, UGA English professor and director of the Willson Center for the Humanities and Arts.