West Virginia University at Parkersburg
300 Campus Drive Parkersburg WV 26104
Phone: 304-424-8203 | Fax: 304-424-8315
Humanities Speakers Series to present "What Was Postmodernism" discussion on February 22, 2007.
CONTACT: Nancy Nanney, chair of the Humanities Division, 304-424-8361 .
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TheHumanities Speakers Series at West Virginia University at Parkersburg will present Brian McHale, Distinguished Humanities Professor at Ohio State University, in a presentation Thursday (Feb. 22).
To be held at 7:30 p.m. in the college's Community Room, McHale’s talk is titled “What Was Postmodernism.” It will seek to define the term (Is it a period? a style? an attitude?—and how is it recognized?) as well as to place it in an historical context (When did it begin and how? Is it over, and if it is, when did it end, and why?). The presentation is free and open to the public.
One of the seminal critical figures in postmodern studies, McHale has authored several essential texts, including "Postmodern Fiction," "Constructing Postmodernism," and "The Obligation Toward the Difficult Whole: Postmodernist Long Poems." He is also co-editor with Randall Stevenson of "The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English."