WHO: Joshua Kates, Associate Professor of English at Indiana University
WHAT: Week of Carol J. Worrell Lectures on Literature at St. John's College
TITLE: “Document and Time: William Faulkner, Philip K. Dick, and the film Memento”
WHERE: Great Hall, Peterson Student Center, St. John’s College
WHEN: Friday, April 17, 8 p.m.
DETAILS: This lecture is free of charge, open to the public, and followed by a question and answer period.
How the historical past exists, why we count it in the inventory of things that compose our world, poses a problem. A common solution to this puzzle asserts that there is a past exists first and foremost because people in the present speak about it and read about it. The lecture will examine some rather extreme, and hence illuminating, forms of this hypothesis, in the recent film Memento, and in the 1962 novel The Man in the High Castle, by the science fiction writer, Philip K. Dick. The second part will consist of an extended discussion of a stretch of William Faulkner’s short story, The Bear, offering an alternative understanding of the historical past’s existence.
Joshua Kates is an Associate Professor of English at Indiana University with an interest in how various models of history are employed in literary, philosophical, and humanistic scholarship.
This lecture is presented by the Francis W. and Carol J. Worrell Charitable Trust. A thoughtful bequest in honor of a woman who loved literature makes this literary event possible. The Worrells, who had been married for fifty years when Carol died in 1991, retired in Santa Fe in the early 1980s. Carol was an avid reader of literature of all kinds, and Francis chose to honor her by establishing the Carol J. Worrell Annual Lecture Series on Literature.