A Moveable Feast: Laura Barrett Lecture

When:Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Where:The Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home, 207 E. Charlton Street
Admission:Free and open to the public.

About this event:

Laura Barrett, Professor of English and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts

“’A ghost in his supDr. posedly safe old house’: Uncanny Homes in American Fiction”

When Henry James returned to his native land after a nearly thirty-year absence, he remarked that he felt dispossessed and alienated, as if there were “a ghost in his supposedly safe old house.” What James describes is a sense of the uncanny, defined by Freud as the familiar made strange. Building intersections between theory and art, Barrett will discuss how turn-of-the-century American literature—rife with haunted houses and eerie doubles—reveals an uncanny moment in American history, one in which concepts of home and self were in flux.

The lecture is a part of “A Moveable Feast,” a fall-to-spring series of monthly lectures and performances by its distinguished faculty, ferrying you into a variety of historic venues in beautiful downtown Savannah

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