FSW Writes Presents “Smokescreens to Smokestacks: ‘True Detective’ and the American Sublime” with Visiting Lecturer Dr. Caroline Blinder

Mar 20, 2017

MARCH 20, 2017 – FORT MYERS, FLA – Dr. Caroline Blinder, senior lecturer in American Literature and Culture at Goldsmiths, University of London, will present “Smokescreens to Smokestacks: ‘True Detective’ and the American Sublime” at 4 p.m., on Tuesday, March 28, in Building J, Room 103 (Rush Auditorium), at the Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) Thomas Edison Campus, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Blinder's presentation will explore the physical, cultural, and ideological landscapes in the HBO series “True Detective,” uncovering how the series demonstrates the continuing currency of crime narrative as a way to render the intersections between internal fear and external power.

Dr. Blinder specializes in American literature, visual studies and media studies, and has published widely on these subjects, including her forthcoming monograph, “The American Photo-Text: 1930-1960,” which traces a series of documentary collaborations between photographers and writers. Her first book, “A Selfmade Surrealist—Ideology and Aesthetics in the Work of Henry Miller,” was released in 2000. Other publications include “New Critical Essays on James Agee and Walker Evans: Perspectives on Let Us Now Praise Famous Men” (2010); Fragments of the Future: Walker Evans’s Polaroid’s in “Mixed Messages: American Correspondences in Visual and Verbal Practices” (2016); Ruses and Ruminations: The Architecture of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men in “The Centenary Edition of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,” ed. by Michael Lofaro (2016); Sitting Pretty: Municipal Chairs in the Photography of Doisneau in “The Everyday in Modernist Practice,” (2012); and Brassaï’s Chair,  Henry Miller and The Eye of Paris in “Text and Image Relations in Modern European Culture” (2011).

This project is presented by FSW Writes, a FSW faculty group that plans writing events for FSW students, employees and the public. For more information, contact Dr. Scott Ortolano at (239) 489-9472 or sortolano@fsw.edu.


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