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(CANCELLED) Stanford Writers in Conversation: An Evening with Mark Greif

EVT 636
Apr 30
7:30 pm
Status: No Registration Required


Each program in this series will bring to center stage a distinguished author from the Stanford community. We will discuss a fiction writer’s process—from the genesis of an idea to the nuts and bolts of the prose’s inner workings to the editing and publication process—and engage the local community in a lively Q&A session. The program will be hosted by Sara Houghteling, former Nancy Packer Lecturer in Continuing Studies.

An Evening with Mark Greif

Please join us for an evening with Stanford Associate Professor of English Mark Greif, co-founder of the literary magazine n+1 and one of this generation’s most influential and insightful writers and critics. He is the author of two award-winning books, The Age of the Crisis of Man: Thought and Fiction in America, 1933–1973 and Against Everything: Essays. Drawing from both high and low culture, his work examines the connections among literature and intellectual history, the popular arts, aesthetics, and ethics. As Daphne Merkin wrote in The New York Times, “In our dumbed-down, social-media-driven age, Against Everything embodies a return to the pleasures of critical discourse at its most cerebral and personable. Greif brings to mind a host of critics from William Hazlitt to Lionel Trilling, but most of all he suggests it is possible to write about the culture with a reverence for language and a passion for what has come before. I would read anything he writes, anywhere.”

Over the course of the evening, Greif will discuss the founding of n+1 and share his perspective on contemporary fiction’s trends and preoccupations. Avid readers and aspiring authors will gain fresh ideas about the art of fiction during this engaging discussion with one of today’s most incisive intellects.

Mark Greif, Associate Professor, Department of English, Stanford

Mark Greif is the author of two books including Against Everything: Essays, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. His books as co-editor and co-author include The Trouble is the Banks: Letters to Wall Street, Occupy!: Scenes from Occupied America, and What Was the Hipster?: A Sociological Investigation. He has received fellowships from the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and the American Council of Learned Societies, and his work has appeared in the London Review of Books, The New York Times, The Guardian, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Le Monde, and elsewhere.

Sara Houghteling, Lecturer, Department of English, Stanford

Sara Houghteling is the author of Pictures at an Exhibition, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a San Francisco Chronicle Best of 2009 Book, and a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. She has received an NEA grant, a Steinbeck Fellowship, a Fulbright scholarship, and the Narrative Prize. Houghteling also teaches fiction courses for Stanford Continuing Studies. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Narrative Magazine, and elsewhere.
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