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Identity, Experience & Storytelling


Mar 07 2016


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

Identity, Experience & Storytelling

[ Image: Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1984 ]


Identity, Experience & Storytelling

A Conversation with Roy Scranton

Join us for a discussion between Roy Scranton and Jennifer Ahern-Dodson about being a writer and reader in contemporary society. We’ll talk about how Scranton approaches his own writing and how he assesses the writing of others. Among the questions we’ll explore are:

  • What makes a good story?
  • What makes a story authentic?
  • Which kinds of stories are identified as representing a field/an experience/a movement?
  • How do editors make choices when organizing a collection?
  • What role does personal experience play in telling a story?
  • What role should a writer’s biography play in a reader’s assessment of that writer’s “right” to tell a particular story?

We’ll ask Scranton to draw on his own experience as a writer of fiction, non-fiction, and literary criticism as we explore these topics.

Free and open to the public. Light lunch served. Sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics.


Roy Scranton

University of Notre Dame

Roy Scranton is the author of War Porn and Learning to Die in the Anthropocene, and co-editor of Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War. His journalism, essays, and fiction have been published in The Nation, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Boston Review, and elsewhere. He holds…...

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