The George Rodrigue Lecture in Louisiana Literature will present a lecture on the Pulitzer Prize-winning work of the late UL English professor, "Hispanic Elements in John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces."

John Kennedy Toole, Confederacy of Dunces, University of LouisianaThe George Rodrigue Lecture in Louisiana Literature will have as its speaker Professor Joseph Schraibman of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. The title of the lecture is "Hispanic Elements in John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces."

It is believed that Toole wrote much of his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel while on the faculty at UL, and that the character of Ignatius Reilly is largely based on Toole's good friend and fellow UL faculty member, Robert Byrne.

In his lecture, Professor Schraibman will be discuss the quixotic features of A Confederacy of Dunces. Schraibman's contention is that Toole's novel, which narrates the farcical misadventures in New Orleans of a mad medievalist, draws on Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote.

Professor Schraibman will be speaking on Thursday, April 2nd at 7 PM in the Moody College of Business Auditorium, Room 103. The lecture is open to the public and admission is free.


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