William H. Gass Symposium Set for Sept. 23, 2016

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 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 23 at Umrath Lounge and Olin Library. The symposium will examine Gass’ literary work in translation, the importance of his work as a literary critic, and his role in promoting international writing.

William H. Gass, Washington University campus, 1980s

William H. Gass, Washington University campus, 1980s

Susan Bernofsky, the 2016 William H. Matheson lecturer and associate professor and director of Literary Translation at Columbia University, will deliver the keynote address. The program will also feature papers by William H. Gass Fellow Matthias Göritz, and Ignacio Infante, associate professor of Comparative Literature and Spanish, and a roundtable discussion with Lorin Cuoco, co-founder of the International Writers Center in St. Louis, and Stephen Schenkenberg, editor and publisher of “The Ear’s Mouth Must Move: Essential Interviews of William H. Gass,” and creator of ReadingGass.org.

A reception and viewing of an exhibit on the International Writers Center Archive in Olin Library’s Special Collections will be followed by readings from William Gass himself, poet and translator Kārlis Vērdiņš, poet and critic Katja Perat, and poet and novelist Matthias Göritz.

For more information on Gass’ work see the digital exhibit “Soul Inside the Sentence.”

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