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Expert on Western American literature to lecture March 27 at MSU

February 27, 2014

Stephen Tatum of the University of Utah will lecture at MSU on March 27 about violence against women in the literature of the U.S./Mexico borderlands.   High-Res Available

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A free public lecture about violence against women in the literature of the U.S./Mexico borderlands will be given at 4:10 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, in 125 Linfield Hall at Montana State University.

Stephen Tatum, professor of English and director of the Environmental Humanities Program at the University of Utah, will speak about "The Labor of the Dead: Bolaño and Bowden on the Border."

Tatum's talk will explore Roberto Bolaño's "2666" and Charles Bowden's "Dreamland" as the books focus on the epidemic of crimes against women in the maquiladora economy.

Tatum's research examines interdisciplinary perspectives on postregional literary and cultural production with an emphasis on the U.S. West and Southwest. His most recent book is "In the Remington Moment," which was published in 2010 by the University of Nebraska Press. His most recent published and forthcoming articles are on Cormac McCarthy's border trilogy novels, the "CSI: Las Vegas" television show and the Coen Brothers' cinematic West. He is past president of the Western Literature Association and two-time recipient of the Don D. Walker Prize for best essay in the area of western American literary studies.

Tatum's lecture is sponsored by the MSU Department of English and presented by the College of Letters and Science's Distinguished Speakers Series. It is also part of "Cultures of the American West: A Series of Events Sponsored by the Department of English and the College of Letters and Science."

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Jody Sanford (406) 994-7791,