March 21: Go Down, Moses and the Southern Psyche
Using “Was”, the first story of seven in William Faulkner's novel Go Down, Moses, Andy Little will explore the structural inversions and complexities that define the style of this narrative. This apparently whimsical and innocent hunting tale twins and intertwines gender and race, memory and experience, myth and history, pursuer and quarry; through these devices Faulkner renders a rich, nuanced, and profound portrait of the American southern psyche. Reading or reviewing Go Down Moses as well as The Sound and the Fury and other works by Faulkner will add richness to the experience of this session.
March 28: Dark Night of the Soul: William Faulkner, Barry Hannah, and James Meredith
Chanelle Benz and Christopher Brunt will examine three towering figures in the cultural history of Mississippi—William Faulkner, Barry Hannah, and James Meredith. In this seminar, we will look at these three Oxford figures who dared to tangle with the darker side of Mississippi, the contradictions of class and race, of the land and its people.
Andy Little has a MA in political philosophy and is an academic advisor and adjunct instructor in the Honors College at the University of Houston, where he has been teaching courses on great books of philosopgy, politics, and literature since 1977.
Chanelle Benz's work has appeard or is forthcoming in The American Reader, Granta, Guernica, Electric Literature's Recommended Reading, Fence, and The Cupboard. She is also the recipient of an O. Henry Prize. She is the author of The Man Who Shot Out My Eye is Dead (January 2017, Ecco Press). She received her MFA from Syracuse University as well as a B.F.A. in acting from Boston University.
Christopher Brunt is a poet and fiction writer whose work appears in Ploughshares, Copper Nickel, Bat City Review, Drunken Boat, and other magazines. His fiction has been selected as a Distinguished Story of 2014 by Best American Short Stories. He is currently a visiting assistant professor at the University of Houston Honors College, where he teaches in the great books program as well as the Center for Creative Work.
This course is in conjunction with the study tour Encountering Southern Culture: A Journey to Oxford and Memphis but registration is not limited to tour participants.