Novel Sounds II: American Fiction in the Age of Rock and Roll

Novel Sounds II: American Fiction in the Age of Rock and Roll


Steve Earle in ConcertSteve Earle in Concert
Friday, March 3 at 8:00 pm
Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill, NC

Keynote Panel

  • Peter GuralnickPeter Guralnick
  • Roddy DoyleRoddy Doyle
  • Steve EarleSteve Earle

Friday, March 3, 2017
at the National Humanities Center
7 TW Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

The National Humanities Center presents the second conference in our series examining the relation between rock and roll and literature. In conversations among another remarkable group of musicians, novelists, and scholars, we will explore the surprising reciprocity between the apparently irreverent form of rock and roll and serious literature. Novel Sounds II features panels on rock music’s roots in the ballad tradition as well as the influence of rock culture on contemporary fiction.

Novel Sounds II program

The program features Grammy Award winner Steve Earle in concert, presented by Carolina Performing Arts, at the University of North Carolina’s Memorial Hall. Our keynote panel March 3 at the Center will feature Mr. Earle in a discussion with rock historian Peter Guralnick and novelist Roddy Doyle.

Novel Sounds will be convened by Florence Dore (UNC), a 2008–09 Fellow of the National Humanities Center and author of a monograph series of the same title.

Confirmed Panelists include:

  • Taylor Cowdery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Florence Dore, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Roddy Doyle, author
  • Steve Earle, musician
  • Patricia Fumerton, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Holly George-Warren, author
  • Loren Glass, University of Iowa
  • T. Austin Graham, Columbia University
  • Peter Guralnick, music critic and biographer
  • Shayne Legassie, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • James Mulholland, North Carolina State University
  • Ian Newman, University of Notre Dame
  • Robert D. Newman, National Humanities Center
  • Eliza Richards, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Pauls Toutonghi, Lewis & Clark College


  • Research Triangle Institute
  • UNC–Chapel Hill Department of English and Comparative Literature
  • UNC Institute for Arts and Humanities


Conference pricing is $50 for general admission, $30 for students and seniors. Concert tickets must be purchased separately from the Carolina Performing Arts ticket office.

For questions about conference details, please contact Martha Johnson.