Montana State University

Kollin to deliver Jan. 26 lecture as new MSU College of L and S Distinguished Professor

January 12, 2012


MSU English professor Susan Kollin, who recently was named MSU College of Letters and Science Distinguished Professor, will deliver her inaugural lecture on Jan. 26. Kollin will lecture about the post-9/11 novel and its impact on American literature. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.   High-Res Available

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Montana State University Letters and Science Distinguished Professor Susan Kollin will deliver a lecture on the post-9/11 novel at 4:10 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, in the Procrastinator Theater in the Strand Union Building on the MSU campus.

Kollin, an MSU English professor who was recently named the Letters and Science Distinguished Professor, will speak about "On the 'Ragged Margins' of History: Burdens of Truth and National Identity in the Post-9/11 American Novel." The MSU College of Letters and Science will host a reception in the Leigh Lounge following the lecture. Both the lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Kollin will trace developments in the post-9/11 novel, an emerging subgenre of American literature, for the ways it foregrounds problems related to trauma, difference and conflict. By examining the questions, concerns and insights explored in contemporary U.S. fiction, she offers a case for the increased value and importance of literary and cultural studies for the 21st century.

Kollin has taught at MSU since 1995. She is a national and international theorist and critic in the areas of western American literature and film, environmental criticism and feminist theory. Kollin has challenged the definition of the American West in her book "Nature's State," and an edited collection of essays, "Postwestern Cultures: Literature, Theory and Space." She is currently on sabbatical and working on a new book.

Jody Sanford (406) 994-7791, jody.sanford@montana.edu