New Picador Professorship Block Seminar

The Picador Professorship for Literature Invites You to Join the Seminar “Modern American Fiction”

This seminar offers students the unique opportunity to discuss a diverse selection of 20th-century US-American fictions in ways that unite literary scholarship with the viewpoint of a leading young writer working in the English language.
The class is taught by acclaimed novelist and first holder of the Picador Professorship for Literature, Tristan Hughes (a short bio of Hughes is included below). The seminar is open for students in their Grund- as well as their Hauptstudium.
Class discussions will focus on short-stories and other writing by authors such as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Flannery O’Connor, Saul Bellow, John Updike, and Raymond Carver.
The class will be taught as a Blockseminar in January 2007. The seminar’s schedule will be discussed in the first meeting on Thursday, January 11, 2007, 6:00 pm, room 2.516 (Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum, Beethovenstr. 15, Leipzig).

Tristan Hughes
Tristan Hughes was born in Atikokan, Canada and brought up around Llangoed, Ynys Môn (Wales). He completed a PhD thesis on Pacific and American literature from King’s College, Cambridge.
Hughess first two novels, The Tower (2003) and Send My Cold Bones Home (2006), have won wide literary praise. Tristan Hughes has also won The Rhys Davies Short Story Award. Hughes is seen as one of the truly promising writers of his generation.

The Picador Professorship for Literature
The Picador Professorship for Literature at the University of Leipzig is unique in Germany. Involving a partnership between the Veranstaltungsforum der Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, the DAAD, and the University of Leipzig, it is meant to bring leading young writers working in the English language to Leipzig and Mitteldeutschland. The professorship thus enters into and encourages a dialog about the relationship between literature, language and culture, especially as they shape society’s negotiation of diversity and difference.
The Picador Professorship provides students the opportunity to engage the creative writing process much more intimately by taking courses offered by ‘practitioners’ of literature. The Professorship combines elements of a writers-in-residence program, creative writing programs, and university learning.

For questions and further details about the seminar, please contact Katja Kanzler at the Institute for American Studies: You can also download the seminar announcement as a pdf file here