Presented by Dr. Larry Allums
Largely neglected by academic scholars and hardly taught in secondary schools because of their racial content, William Faulkner’s nineteen novels, the last published in 1962, nonetheless have much to say about America today. Faulkner was a consummate storyteller possessed of a prophetic imagination, through which he glimpsed the future of not only his native South but the entire nation as well. The most powerful expression of his prophetic sense is Go Down, Moses, the 1942 epic novel depicting America as the new Promised Land, the derailing of its high ideals, and the unlikely source of its true strengths for the future. It paints with an indelible brush the disastrous stain of ownership—of both land and people—that marked our founding and still haunts us today.
Six Thursdays: August 20, 27, September 3, 10, 17, 24: 6:30-8:30 pm via Zoom
Text: Go Down, Moses, Vintage International Edition, ISBN-13: 978-0679732174.
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DR. J. LARRY ALLUMS is Executive Director Emeritus of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. He earned his M.A. in Literature and his Ph.D. in Literature and Political Philosophy from the University of Dallas’ Institute of Philosophic Studies. He came to the Dallas Institute in 1998 from the University of Mobile, where he was Professor of English and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He has edited a volume of essays on epic poetry, The Epic Cosmos, and published articles on ancient Greek and Roman literature, Dante, and writers of the American Southern renascence, including William Faulkner, Allen Tate, Robert Penn Warren, and Caroline Gordon. Under his leadership, the Dallas Institute continues to emphasize its commitment to urban issues and its longstanding work with pre-K through 12th grade elementary and secondary school teachers, principals, and superintendents.