October 27, 2009

By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Marc Manganaro will give the talk, "'Falling Towers': Joyce, Eliot, and the Salvage of Urban 'Culture'," on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Smith Library of the Vaughan Literature Auditorium at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Vivian Miller Fund for English, the Bucknell English department, and the University Lectureship Committee.

"Professor Manganaro's lecture will illuminate the interdisciplinary connections between two monumental modernist works of literature, James Joyce's Ulysses and T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land, with a particular focus upon how anthropology informed both works in their renderings of cultural decay and ruin," said John Rickard, professor of English at Bucknell.

Concept of culture
Manganaro, who is dean of Arts and Sciences and professor of English at Gonzaga University, has published numerous books and essays on literary modernism and anthropology. His 2002 book Culture, 1922: The Emergence of a Concept, was praised by anthropologist Clifford Geertz as "a most important work."

In this book, Manganaro traces the intellectual and institutional deployment of the culture concept in England and America in the first half of the 20th century, with the main focus on three works published in 1922, the watershed year of Modernism-Eliot's The Waste Land, Malinowski's Argonauts of the Western Pacific, and Joyce's Ulysses.

His other publications are Myth, Rhetoric, and the Voice of Authority: A Critique of Frazer, Eliot, Frye, and Campbell (1992); and Modernist Anthropology (1990).

The recipient of degrees from Nebraska, San Francisco State and North Carolina, Manganaro is a specialist on the relations between anthropology, folklore, myth and modern literature, criticism and theory. His recent research focuses on theories of travel and travel writing as well as the emergence and development of the culture concept. He teaches courses in literature and anthropology, cultural studies and Modernism.

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