Thursday, October 22, 2009

James Kincaid Lecture

The Department of English and the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences are sponsoring the next Jackson Distinguished Lecture on October 27, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in 130 Colson Hall.

James Kincaid's lecture is titled "Here’s Looking at You Kid." The lecture will discuss what we see when we look at a child. More to the point, what is involved in manufacturing that "child" in our culture, in causing us to look at all, and in forming the way we see? What constitutes illicit looking at kids? This talk is an experiment in looking, shifted over to the field of reading, exercising on The Catcher in the Rye a reading-through-the-eyes.

James Kincaid is Aerol Arnold Professor of English at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Erotic Innocence: The Culture of Child Molesting and Annoying the Victorians.

For more information, contact Donald Hall, Department of English, West Virginia University at 304-293-3100 or

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