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

March 3, 2017

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

Featuring

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

Keynote Panel

Roddy DoyleRoddy Doyle
Steve EarleSteve Earle
Peter GuralnickPeter Guralnick

Friday, March 3, 2017 at the National Humanities Center

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.

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 II 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.

Novel Sounds II program

Panelists

  • 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

Sponsors

  • Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Institute for Arts and Humanities, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • North Carolina Humanities Council
  • RTI International