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The UT Knoxville English Department kicks off its 2011-12 Literature and Cultural Studies lecture series with a lecture on contemporary adaptations of Alice in Wonderland. The event will be held at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, September 8, in rooms 1210-11 McClung Tower. It is free and open to the public.

The speaker is Brian McHale, a Distinguished Humanities Professor of English at Ohio State University. McHale’s talk is titled “‘Things then did not delay in turning curious’: Some Versions of Alice, 1966-2010.”

A leading scholar of narrative theory and poetics, McHale is the author of Postmodernist Fiction (1987), Constructing Postmodernism (1992), and The Obligation toward the Difficult Whole (2004), as well as articles on free indirect discourse, mise en abyme, narrativity, modernist and postmodernist poetics, and science fiction. A former editor of Poetics Today, he currently serves as president of A.S.A.P., The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present.

For more information, contact the Department of English at 974-5401.