Announcement: Dr. Caleb Smith Lectures on Law and Literature

Join us this Friday for a lecture by Dr. Caleb Smith (English and American Studies, Yale), “Crime Scenes: Fictions of Security and Jurisprudence.” The talk will take place in Parlin Hall 203 at 3:30pm.

In this lecture, Dr. Smith will discuss his recent work on law and literature, focusing especially on the popular literature that emerged from the struggle over Cherokee “removal” between the 1830s and 1850s; the minister Samuel Worcester’s letters from a Georgia prison; the lawyer-novelist William Gilmore Simms’s “border romances”; and the Cherokee writer John Rollin Ridge’s Joaquín Murieta, sometimes known as the “first Native American novel.”


Dr. Caleb Smith is the author of The Oracle and the Curse (2013) and The Prison and the American Imagination (2009). He is working on an edition of “The Life and Adventures of a Haunted Convict,” an 1858 narrative by Austin Reed, an African-American inmate of New York¹s Auburn State Prison, which will be published by Random House in 2016.

Presented by the departments of English and American Studies.

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