The Writing History Colloquium invites you to
Writing the West: Bill Deverell & John Mack Faragher
Wednesday 24 February 2010
co-hosted with the Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders
12:30 p.m., Lamar Center, 53 Wall Street (Whitney Humanities Center basement)
lunch to be provided–please RSVP to Edith Rotkopf (edith.rotkopfATyaleDOTedu)
All are welcome
A draft chapter of Faragher’s project is posted on the Writing History website (or email christine.deluciaATyaleDOTedu for a copy). We’ll be discussing this excerpt and Deverell’s project, which raise questions about the modern American West and narratives we tell about it. Is the West fundamentally violent and dark? Are there moments and sites of redemption and healing? How can these historical findings (or convictions) be expressed in prose?
Bill Deverell is Professor of History at University of Southern California and director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, working on “convalescent landscapes” of the post-Civil War American West. He is the 2009-2010 Frederick W. Beinecke Senior Fellow in Western Americana at Yale. His recent publications include Whitewashed Adobe: The Rise of Los Angeles and the Remaking of Its Mexican Past (2004); and Land of Sunshine: An Environmental History of Metropolitan Los Angeles (2005), which he co-edited with Greg Hise.
John Mack Faragher is Professor of History and American Studies at Yale, working on “Violence and Justice in Frontier Los Angeles, 1846-76″; and the possibility of writing “history noir.” His books include Women and Men on the Overland Trail(1979); Sugar Creek: Life on the Illinois Prairie (1986); Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer (1992); Frontiers: A Short History of the American West (2000), with Robert V. Hine; and A Great and Noble Scheme: The Tragic Story of the Expulsion of the French Acadians from Their American Homeland (2005).
Hope you’ll join us.
Christine DeLucia & Paul Shin
Writing History coordinators