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Writing the New Southern Gothic
October 14, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Emily Carpenter discusses how growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, the heart of the Civil Rights Movement, shaped the kind of writer she would become. From being steeped in writers such as O’Connor, McCullers, Welty, Faulkner as a child to her experiences working for two CBS soap operas in New York, then returning to the South, Carpenter will discuss her path to publication and how she discovered that Southern Gothic was in her blood. As the times changed, so did the genre, becoming a ripe, new frontier, ready for new relevant stories from fresh, vibrant voices. Delving into what makes Southern Gothic so irresistible and emblematic, she’ll explore the legacy of the South’s sin of slavery, perspective of the “other,” and, as always, ghosts, corpses, and murderous preachers.
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