Southern Selves: The Child as Storyteller

Coming-of-Age stories are regarded by some as quintessentially American, and few have succeeded as well as Harper Lee and James Agee. Both offer compelling approaches to the Southern narrative. The child voices of Scout Finch and Rufus Follett slip into the glove of adult narration almost seamlessly, yet their sense of place emerges distinctly as being from the Appalachian highlands and the coastal plain. Drawing from To Kill a Mockingbird and A Death in the Family, we’ll explore how these child voices were crafted and why their stories resonate more than 50 years later.

Lectern, microphone, digital projector, laptop computer