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Literary Greats



James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
901 Park Ave., Richmond, Va. 23284


How do literary canons evolve over time? Which authors continue to stay relevant in a changing world? Who chooses which writers have merit? Many works by women, LGBTQ authors, African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, Native Americans and other non Europeans have made their way into current college-level literature courses. Whether these new additions should become a permanent part of school curriculums or whether there should be a literary canon at all is a subject of heated debate in some circles. What do the old "literary greats," most of them white and male, who were at the core of school curriculums say to us today? Do they maintain relevance in our increasingly diverse and global society? Scholars address these questions in this series of talks.

This series is free and open to all. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed, please call the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-0593.


Feb 1, 2017
4 p.m.5p.m.

Ayanna Thompson presents
"Is Shakespeare Beyond Race?"

March 15, 2017
4 p.m.–5p.m.

Emma Smith presents
"What's It Worth? Shakespeare's Value Then and Now"


This series is presented by the VCU Humanities Research Center and co-sponsored by VCU Libraries.


VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
All Libraries
Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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