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2023 Brandeis Novel Symposium: Percival Everett's Erasure (10/10/23)
English, Brandeis University (Waltham, MA)
Friday, October 20, 2023
The Brandeis Novel Symposium invites you to join us to think and talk about Percival Everett’s Erasure on Friday October 2023 from 1 to 6pm at Brandeis University. As in previous years, the symposium has two goals: to inspire discussion about a single novel and to pose theoretical and scholarly questions raised by that novel.
Percival Everett’s Erasure, our chosen novel this year, is a satire of the American publishing industry and the pressures placed on African-American writers. (The movie adaptation, American Fiction, will be released on November 3!) Percival Everett, Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California, is the author of more than 30 books including most recently the Booker Prize shortlisted The Trees (2021)
Our distinguished panelists include Bertram Ashe, Brittney Michelle Edmonds, Mary Esteve, Megan Finch, Gillian Johns, Donald Kizza-Brown, Kinohi Nishikawa, and Keyana Parks. We look forward to hearing them speak on a wide range of topics including: satire, the novel form, art and politics, the representation of women, the influence of Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison, the black intramural and more.
Please register here, and feel free to spread the word. No prior knowledge is required, and Boston-area participation has always been widespread. We will also have a virtual option for anyone who is interested and cannot make the trip to Boston. Any student, graduate or undergraduate, who registers can request a free copy of Erasure.