Oct. 25, 2004
Leading Expert on African-American Slave Tales to Deliver Britton Lecture
The world’s leading expert on African-American slave narratives will deliver the 8th Annual Memorial Lewis W. Britton Lecture and Reading at Catholic University on Friday, Oct. 29.
William L. Andrews, E. Maynard Adams Professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will address “The Slave Narrative Tradition in American Literature” at 5:30 p.m. in Caldwell Hall Auditorium.
“William Andrews is the world’s leading authority on the African-American slave narrative, and one of the foremost scholars of southern and American literature,” says Ernest Suarez, chair of the Department of English. “His work has changed the way that we view history.”
Andrews is the author, editor or co-editor of 40 books about African-American literature and southern literature including “The Norton Anthology of African American Literature” (1997, 2003), “The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology” (1997) and two volumes in the Library of America, a collection of authoritative editions of the country's best and most significant writing.
The professor has been a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and has held research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies and the American Philosophical Society.
Sponsored by the family of Lewis W. Britton Sr., the annual lecture honors the memory of Britton who is believed to be the oldest undergraduate in CUA history. Britton earned his bachelor’s degree in 1973 at the age of 77 and his master’s degree in 1978, both in English literature.
As a young man, Britton worked as a contributing writer for the Chicago Daily News and the Chicago Evening Post while working full time as a writer for the trade journal Domestic Engineering. In 1942 he joined the staff of Traffic World magazine and was sent to Washington, D.C., where he worked until he retired as the publication’s executive editor in 1967.
Other sponsors of the lecture are the Department of English and the School of Arts and Sciences. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, call Suarez at 202-319-5488.
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