On Friday, September 23, Washington University Libraries, the Committee on Comparative Literature, the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, and the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities will co-sponsor the William H. Gass Symposium: International Writing.
The day’s events, which will be held at Umrath Lounge in Karl D. Umrath Hall and at John M. Olin Library, will examine Gass’ literary work in translation, the importance of his work as a literary critic, and his role in promoting international writing.
The Committee on Comparative Literature has invited Washington University alumna Susan Bernofsky to present the keynote address, “Translating in Rhythm, with Gass,” as this year’s William H. Matheson lecturer. Bernofsky directs the program Literary Translation at Columbia in the MFA Writing Program at the Columbia University School of the Arts in New York.
The symposium will also feature talks, a roundtable discussion, poetry readings by members of the PhD track in Comparative Literature for International Writers, a reception, and an exhibit from Special Collections on the International Writers Center.
The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. To register and to see a schedule, visit complit.artsci.wustl.edu/gass-symposium.