New Picador Professor John Haskell

American Studies Leipzig looks forward to welcoming novelist John Haskell as Picador Guest Professor for the winter term 2007/08.
John Haskell, Brooklyn based author of I Am Not Jackson Pollock (2003) and American Purgatorio (2005), will stay from October 2007 to February 2008 as writer in residence and Picador-Guest Professor at the Institute for American Studies in Leipzig. Haskell, whose work has appeared in Granta, The Paris Review and Conjunctions, first received wide literary praise with his short-story collection I Am Not Jackson Pollock. With his mesmerizing debut novel American Purgatorio Haskell surprised literary critics and readers alike by crossing conventional genre definitions and creating a work of fiction that comes across as literary road movie, detective novel, psycho thriller, and metaphysical quest at the same time.
His interactive essay “The Judgement of Psycho” published on his homepage is another noteworthy example of his experimental exploration of genre and media boundaries.

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Meet John Haskell

The Picador Professorship for Literature at the University of Leipzig is unique in Germany. Located at the University’s American Studies Program it is based on a partnership between the Holtzbrinck Verlag, the DAAD, and the University of Leipzig
American Studies Leipzig is very much interested in organizing Picador Professorship Events (readings, round tables, panel discussions, etc.) with local, regional and national partners. If you are interested in inviting John Haskell for such events, please contact American Studies Leipzig directly to discuss possible arrangements. Coordination of Picador-related events is done by Sebastian M. Herrmann, M.A. (, 0341/9737334)

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