Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 6:00pm
This presentation will examine a brief short story by the nineteenth-century Louisiana writer, Kate Chopin, establishing its contexts in the then-popular genre of "local color.” Its adaptation as an award-winning short film will then be shown, highlighting issues of changing media and creating contemporary relevance. About the Speaker: Barbara C. Ewell is the Dorothy H. Brown Distinguished Professor Emerita of English at Loyola University New Orleans, where she taught southern literature, late 19th-century American literature, Louisiana literature, and women’s studies for over three decades. Her books include Kate Chopin (1985) and several coedited volumes—including Louisiana Women Writers (1992), Southern Local Color (2002), The Anthology of Spanish American Thought and Culture (2017), and Sweet Spots: In-Between Spaces in New Orleans (2018). She is also co-producer and consultant for a local short film company, Ripe Figs Productions.