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A celebration of the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the collaboration of Louis Daniel Brodsky, Robert W. Hamblin, and Southeast Missouri State University in Faulkner Studies is set for Monday, November 1.

The event, to be held in the University Center Ballroom at 7:00 p.m., will feature a guest lecture by Professor James B. Carothers, a noted Faulkner scholar from the University of Kansas.  Following the lecture, Brodsky, Hamblin, and Carothers will host visitors to the Center for Faulkner Studies and the Rare Book Room, which houses the Brodsky Collection of Faulkner materials.

Brodsky and Hamblin met in 1978, and the first exhibit of the Brodsky Collection on the Southeast campus was held October-December 1979.  The university acquired the collection in 1988 and the following year created the Center for Faulkner Studies to promote the use of the collection for educational and scholarly purposes.


Takaki Hiraishi, Professor of Letters at the University of Tokyo, is the 2004 recipient of the BioKyowa Visiting Japanese Scholar Award at the Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University.

Professor Hiraishi will visit the Southeast campus from September 9-16.  His visit is sponsored by BioKyowa, Inc., and will be hosted by Kohta Fujiwara, the president of the company, and Robert Hamblin, the director of the Faulkner Center.

One of Japan’s leading Faulkner scholars, Professor Hiraishi has published two books on Faulkner: A Melancholic Design: Faulkner’s Development in His Early Works (1993) and The Author’s Manner of Working: A Study of Faulkner’s Methods (2003).  He has also published articles on Faulkner in Japanese, Korean, and English journals. 

Currently the president of the American Literary Society of Japan, an organization of 1,800 members, he also serves as an editor of the Faulkner journal published by the Faulkner Society of Japan.

In addition to his Faulkner work, Professor Hiraishi has published studies of Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, Owen Wister, Raymond Carver, Richard Brautigan, Bobbie Ann Mason, and other American writers.

At Southeast he will utilize the Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection of Faulkner materials to further his Faulkner research.  He will also deliver a public lecture on the Japanese interest in Faulkner and other American authors.


A Companion to Faulkner Studies, edited by Charles A. Peek and Robert W. Hamblin, has been issued by Greenwood Presss.  The Companion provides an overview of Faulkner’s life and works from thirteen different critical approaches.  The various approaches include the following:

Mythic and Archetypal:  by Robert W. Hamblin
Historical:  by Theresa M. Towner
Formalist:  by D. Matthew Ramsey
Biographical:  by Kevin Railey
Modernist:  by Debrah Raschke
Postmodern:  by Terrell L. Tebbetts
Cultural Studies:  by Peter Lurie
Psychological:  by Doreen Fowler
Feminist and Gender:  by Caroline Carvill
Rhetorical and Reader-Response:  by Pamela Knights
Popular Culture:  by M. Thomas Inge
Textual:  by Amy E. C. Linnemann and Philip Cohen
Thematic:  by Charles A. Peek 

This is the second book that Peek and Hamblin have co-edited, the first being A William Faulkner Encyclopedia


The Center for Faulkner Studies is hosting a Fulbright Visiting Scholar from Romania during the 2003-04 academic year.

Didi-Ionel Cenuser, a lecturer with the Department of British and American Studies in the School of Arts and Letters at Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, in Sibiu, Romania, is conducting research for a book he is writing on William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury.  While here, he also is giving public and guest lectures and team teaching in Southeast classes.

Professor Cenuser is using the Louis Daniel Brodsky Faulkner Collection in writing his book.  Cenuser is the author of 12 books and has lectured this semester in Southeast classes on Romanian literature and myth, Shakespeare, Chaucer, and British and American literature.  He will remain at Southeast through May.

Didi-Ionel Cenuser is one of about 800 outstanding foreign faculty and professionals the Fulbright Scholar Program has brought to the United States to teach and do research.  Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program’s purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  Over its 56 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have studied, taught or done research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the U.S.  Recipients of the awards—both U.S. and foreign—are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields.


Dr. Peter Alan Froehlich, newly appointed Assistant Professor of English at Southeast Missouri State University, is also serving as the Assistant Director for the Center for Faulkner Studies. 

A native of New Jersey, Froehlich earned his B.A. in English at Georgetown University, his M.A. in English at Pennsylvania State University, and his Ph.D. in English at the University of Mississippi.  At Ole Miss he served as a Graduate Instructor and an Instructor for the Institute for Continuing Studies, as well as the Assistant Director of Freshman English.  His dissertation, “Frontier/Grotesque in the Novels of William Faulkner,” was directed by noted Faulkner scholar Dr. Jay Watson.  Froehlich’s Faulkner background is extensive: he has published several Faulkner-related articles and presented at numerous conferences, and served as the Assistant Curator of Rowan Oak, William Faulkner’s home. 

Froehlich is the founder of Southern Writers, Southern Writing, an annual, national graduate student conference at the University of Mississippi.  He is a regional representative to the MLA Delegate Assembly, and a member of the Faulkner Society, as well as the Society for the Study of Southern Literature. 


Robert Hamblin, the Director of the Center for Faulkner Studies, will teach an online seminar on selected novels by William Faulkner and Toni Morrison this summer.  LI 582, an eight-week course, will run from June 17 through August 8.  Persons interested in taking the course may access information posted on the Southeast Online website or contact Dr. Hamblin at


A detailed inventory of the correspondence and interview notes that Joseph Blotner compiled during his research and writing of Faulkner: A Biography (2-volume edition, 1974; 1-volume revised edition, 1984) is being added to the Center for Faulkner Studies website.  To access this information, follow the Blotner Papers hyperlinks on the site.

L. D. Brodsky acquired the Blotner Faulkner files for the Brodsky Collection in 1989.  Joel Williamson, who used the materials in researching his William Faulkner and Southern History, has called the Blotner Papers "one of the finest research archives in the United States."  Faulkner researchers interested in using the Blotner materials should contact Robert Hamblin, director of the Center for Faulkner Studies.


Faulkner in the Twenty-First Century, co-edited by Robert W. Hamblin, the Director of the Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University and Ann J. Abadie, Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, has been published by the University Press of Mississippi. The volume, which prints the papers presented at the 2000 Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, includes essays by Deborah Cohn, Leigh Anne Duck, Michael Kreyling, Barbara Ladd, Walter Benn Michaels, Patrick O'Donnell, Theresa Towner, Annette Trefzer, Karl Zender, and Hamblin.


Southeast Missouri State University's Center for Faulkner Studies has announced the recipient of the 2003 BioKyowa Visiting Japanese Scholar award.

Yayoi Okada, Professor of Sociology at Kwansei Gakuin University, will visit Southeast later this year to conduct research in the Brodsky Faulkner Collection and participate in a number of cultural exchange activities. 

Professor Okada is spending the current academic year at Cambridge University, where she is studying the religious works of Jeremy Taylor, a  17th century Anglican bishop whose book, Holy Living and Holy Dying, was one of Faulkner’s favorites.

Professor Okada has published studies of Faulkner, Taylor, T. S. Eliot, Henri Bergson, and others in a number of professional journals.  At Southeast she will conduct research on Faulkner’s use of Christ figures in his novels and stories.

She belongs to the Japanese Association of William Faulkner, the Japanese Association of American Literature, and the Japanese Association of Christian Literature.

Her visit to Southeast will be sponsored by BioKyowa, Inc., a Japanese business firm that has offices in St. Louis and a manufacturing plant in Cape Girardeau. 


In collaboration with M. C. "Chooky" Falkner, the Center for Faulkner Studies has issued a limited edition color print of John Faulkner's painting of a scene from William Faulkner's short story, "Red Leaves."

Limited to 100 copies and signed by M. C. Falkner, the artist's son, the special edition print depicts the Indian chief Ikemotubbe seated on the foredeck of his steamboat as the boat is pulled through the river bottom by dozens of Indians and slaves. John Faulkner created the painting in 1957.

Purchase price of the special print is $100, with proceeds going to the Faulkner Center's endowment that funds annual lectures by visiting Faulkner scholars or Southern writers.

If you would like to purchase a copy of this print, please send a check in the amount of  $105, payable to the Center for Faulkner Studies, to Center for Faulkner Studies, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.

For more information e-mail the Center at cfs@semo. edu or call 573-986-6155.


Teaching Faulkner: Approaches and Methods, edited by Stephen Hahn and Robert W. Hamblin, is now available from Greenwood Press. The volume includes nineteen essays on the classroom use of Faulkner's works.

For decades now literary critics have universally praised Faulkner as one of the greatest writers of the modern era, yet students assigned to read his novels in university, college, and high school classes continue to struggle to make sense of his convoluted plots, prolix style, and complex characterizations. The broadest treatment to date of a topic of increasing concern, this book is designed to provide fresh strategies and practical suggestions for the classroom study of several of Faulkner's finest novels and stories, including The Sound and the Fury, Absalom, Absalom!, Light in August, The Unvanquished, Intruder in the Dust, Go Down, Moses, and "That Evening Sun."

The contributors, all noted Faulkner scholars who regularly teach Faulkner works in their courses, employ a variety of critical theories and approaches. In each chapter, theory is subordinated to tested classroom methods that both motivate and assist students in reading the texts and in understanding why Faulkner remains relevant for contemporary readers. The teaching strategies described in this book draw upon such diverse matters as cultural and social analysis, historical context, reading and rhetorical theory, film and stage techniques, comparative studies, and race, class, and gender issues.

The book may be ordered from Greenwood Press, P.O. Box 5007, Westport, CT 06881-5007.

"This reference work is as authoritative and thorough as any I have seen in any field....A William Faulkner Encyclopedia will now give teachers, researchers, students, and readers of the Nobel Prize winner the starting point for understanding different ways of approaching his work....This encyclopedia gives due justice to the diversity of meanings in Faulkner's work and will help to make his work relevant to new generations of readers."

Charles Reagan Wilson,
Professor of History
Director, Center for the Study of Southern Culture,
 University of Mississippi

A William Faulkner Encyclopedia, co-edited by CFS director Robert W. Hamblin and University of Nebraska-Kearney English professor Charles A. Peek, has recently been published by Greenwood Press.

The encyclopedia, authored by more than 50 scholars from eight different countries, includes entries on Faulkner's works, characters, and themes, as well as the literary and cultural contexts in which the works were conceived, written, and published. There are also entries on relatives, friends, and other persons important to Faulkner's biography; on historical events, personages, and places; on cultural developments; and on relevant literary and philosophical terms and movements. 

As the editors state in the Preface to the book, "Our intended goal is to apprise an already literate reader of what constitutes the body of Faulkner's work and to demonstrate why the critical estimation of that work is so secure and still growing." "Ideally," they continue, "the volume will encourage in all its users further exploration of the varied issues and circumstances that situate Faulkner's work for readers at the beginning of the 21st century."

The Faulkner encyclopedia sells for $99.50 and may be ordered from Greenwood Press, P.O. Box 5007, Westport, CT 06881-5007. Or order it direct online!