The West Virginia University Department of English in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences will host the Jackson Distinguished Lecture from noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Mountainlairs Rhododendron Room.
The event is free and open to the public.
Jonathan Arac, Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, will presentImperial Eclecticism in the Great American Novel: Moby Dick (1851) and Invisible Man (1952).
Arac will explore the democratic idealism of these two great American novels.
He will also argue how the resources of world literature lie open to be employed by those authors who trust that their progressive purposes will overcome the history of inequality. His lecture will suggest that the United States may be postcolonial, but it is not postimperial.
Arac is the author of four published books on American and British fiction, poetry and social criticism, and he has edited six volumes of original essays on topics in criticism. His current work focuses on the novel in the United States and on language questions in American writing.