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Identity, Experience, & Storytelling: A Conversation with Roy Scranton

March 7th, 2016
12:00 PM


Banner image: Metropolitan Museum of ArtThe Berggruen Klee Collection, 1984

Monday, March 7, 2016

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem 011)

Light lunch served

Join us for a discussion between Roy Scranton and Jennifer Ahern-Dodson about being a writer and reader in contemporary society. We'll talk about how Scranton approaches his own writing and how he assesses the writing of others. Among the questions we'll explore are:

  • What makes a good story?
  • What makes a story authentic?
  • Which kinds of stories are identified as representing a field/an experience/a movement?
  • How do editors make choices when organizing a collection?
  • What role does personal experience play in telling a story?
  • What role should a writer's biography play in a reader's assessment of that writer's "right" to tell a particular story?

We'll ask Scranton to draw on his own experience as a writer of fiction, non-fiction, and literary criticism as we explore these topics.

Roy Scranton

University of Notre Dame
Roy Scranton [1] is the author of /Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of Civilization/ [2], co-editor of /Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War/ [3]. His essays, articles, and reviews have been published in Rolling Stone, the New York Times, The ...
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Jennifer Ahern-Dodson

Duke University
/Image credit: Melissa Eggleston/ Jennifer Ahern-Dodson [1] is Associate Director for the Duke Language, Arts and Media Program [2] and the Director of Outreach for the Thompson Writing Program. She consults with faculty across the disciplines on ways to employ and assess writing in their own courses, ...
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