Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Professor's Corner: Nobel Laureate Mo Yan's Short Stories

Mo Yan (2008) is the subject of the next session
of 
Professor's Corner on Wednesday, March 12th,
2014 at the 
South Branch of the Denton Public
Library.  Image courtesy 
of Wikipedia.
The next session of Professor's Corner, a free discussion group devoted to quality presentations on literary topics, happens this Wednesday, March 12th. All are invited.

SESSION TITLE
Nobel Laureate Mo Yan’s Short Stories

SESSION DESCRIPTION
Mo Yan, China’s most critically-acclaimed contemporary author, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2012.

Growing up in extreme poverty in a peasant family in Shangdong province, Mo Yan received only an elementary school education.  In the preface to Shifu, You'll Do Anything For A Laugh, his collection of short stories, he writes that hunger and loneliness were his storytelling muses.  Mo Yan (a pen name which means “don’t speak") writes what he knows best—human suffering and social injustice.

Mo Yan is well known for such daring novels as Red Sorghum, The Garlic Ballads, and The Republic of Wine. In this session of Professor’s Corner, we will survey three of his short stories—“Soaring,” “Shen Garden,” and “Abandoned Child”—to examine how he combines satire, the supernatural, and the mundane to offer social critiques in an art form.



DATE & LOCATION
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Denton Public Library, South Branch (3228 Teasley, Denton, Texas, 76210.  Just south of the Teasley/Lillian Miller intersection.  MapQuest map and directions available here.)

COST
This program is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

PRESENTER
This session's presenter is Dr. Lei Zhang of Texas Woman's University.  Dr. Zhang earned her doctorate at TWU, where she now teaches.  Her dissertation is titled “Old Adversaries, New Understanding: A Rhetorical Analysis of Chinese and American Narrative Templates.”  Dr. Zhang has presented previously at Professor’s Corner.

RELEVANT LINK
Mo Yan (Wikipedia)

RECOMMENDED BOOK FOR PURCHASE (NOT REQUIRED)
Shifu, You'll Do Anything For A Laugh by Mo Yan

THE PROFESSOR'S CORNER SERIES
This session is part of the free series entitled Professor's Corner: A Literary Discussion Group, the purpose of which is to meet a public need for high-quality presentations on literary topics by having local English professors talk about their special interests.  The presentations are aimed at the general public and allow for discussion. Readings of modest length are usually available in advance.  Gatherings are usually on the second Wednesday of specified months from 7:00 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m.  Monthly announcements are available by e-mail; to get on the mailing list, send a request by e-mail to Fred Kamman, Denton Public Library; Fred.Kamman@cityofdenton.com; 940-349-8752.

SERIES PRODUCER
Dr. Stephen Souris, Texas Woman’s University; SSouris@twu.edu; 940-898-2343

FUTURE SESSIONS OF PROFESSOR'S CORNER
April 9, 2014    
The workshop of the poet (Dr. Haj Ross)
May 14, 2014     Contemporary mythology and the frame-tale narrative (Dr. Gretchen Busl)
June 11, 2014     
Poems by Thomas Gray (Dr. Ashley Bender)
 
SUPPORTERS OF THE PROFESSOR'S CORNER SERIES
Denton Public Library, Voertman's Bookstore, Recycled Books Records CDs, and Cooper’s Copies and Printing.  This program was also made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Please join us.


~Dr. Stephen Souris

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