Visiting Speaker on U.S. antebellum literature and white nationalism

J. Gerald Kennedy, Boyd Professor of English at LSU, will give a public lecture on "The Antebellum Tale and the Unmasking of White Nationalism" on Wednesday, April 4, at 5 p.m. in Washington 201 on the William and Mary campus. Professor Kennedy is the author or editor of fifteen books, including most recently "Strange Nation: Literary Nationalism and Cultural Conflict in the Age of Poe," about which Michael Lindgren in The Washington Post wrote: "Anyone who is puzzled by the rise of a certain orange-haired politician would find the phenomenon perfectly understandable after reading Kennedy's book, with its observation that 'nationalism excites greatest vehemence when it is most uncertain of itself.'" A reception in the lobby of Washington Hall will follow.

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