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Faulkner and Latin America subject of Kennedy Center lecture Oct. 6

Deborah N. Cohn, an associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Indiana University, will present a Brigham Young University Area Focus Lecture titled “To the Greater Glory: Faulkner as Cold War Ambassador to Latin America” Thursday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.

Cohn’s specialties include the comparative literatures of the Americas, Faulkner and Spanish American literature, as well as the Mexican intellectual infrastructure.

She is the associate director of American studies and an adjunct associate professor of comparative literature. She is also affiliated with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Her current research, “Creating the Boom's Reputation: The Promotion of the Boom in and by the U.S.,” is under contract with Vanderbilt University Press. Her other publications include three forthcoming works: “A Tale of Two Translation Programs: Politics, the Market, and Rockefeller Funding for Latin American Literature in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s,” in Latin American Research Review, “Faulkner, Latin America, and the Caribbean: Influence, Politics, and Academic Disciplines,” in A Companion to William Faulkner and “U.S. Southern Studies and Latin American Studies: Windows onto Postcolonial Studies,” in American Literature.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature and Latin American Studies. For more information on Kennedy Center events, see the calendar and News online at

Writer: Angela Fischer

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