William Faulkner: Exposing the Creative Secrets of an Author’s Archive
This year, the UCSB library acquired the complete 44-volume facsimile edition of William Faulkner’s most important manuscripts to be housed in the UCSB Library’s Special Research Collections. To celebrate this, the UCSB library and the English Department invites everyone to an afternoon of lively presentations that broach the creative process underwritten by this celebrated author. Talks by undergraduate and graduate students who have engaged in archival research on William Faulkner’s writing processes and famed peculiarities will be followed by a roundtable discussion of this Mississippi author, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1949. Discussions will feature the place of the blues, gender, race, sexuality, the environment, and the role of animals as revealed in the missing parts and added passages exposed in these manuscript and typescript facsimiles. In addition to looking at photographs of the writing, refreshments will be provided. This innovative archival deep dive was made possible by the Arnhold Collaborative Research Project Grant.