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Friday, April 6 • 11:45am - 1:00pm
2L: The Dark Art of Description FULL
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"Know thyself," the Delphic oracle instructed, perhaps making memoir an inevitable and ancient narrative form, and not as modern as we sometimes think.  But does this focus on self lead to the sorry dead-end of what has been called the "me-moir?"  In this talk, including excerpts from her forthcoming book, The Art of the Wasted Day (a book about leisure and daydream), Patricia Hampl will talk about the virtues and pleasures of descriptive writing, and how dynamic it can be, enlivening to the whole enterprise of first-person narration.  Plenty of time for discussion with audience members. 

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Patricia Hampl

Patricia Hampl first won recognition for A Romantic Education, her Cold War memoir about her Czech heritage. This book and subsequent works have established her as an influential figure in the rise of autobiographical writing in the past 30 years. The Art of the Wasted Day (Viking... Read More →

Friday April 6, 2018 11:45am - 1:00pm EDT
Gloucester Room - 4th Floor