Thursday lecture examines biography and culture

"Kings, Saints, and Misfits: Biography and Its Discontents in Early Modern England" will be the topic for the latest in Mississippi State's 2010-11 Distinguished Lecture Series Thursday afternoon.

Led by Martine Watson Brownley of Emory University, the free public program will examine how biography saturates our culture and functions as both historical narrative and literary art. The event gets under way at 4 p.m. in the McCool Hall atrium.

In addition to holding both the Goodrich C. White Professorship of English and Winship Distinguished Professorship, Brownley directs Emory's Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry. She teaches courses in 17th- and 18th-century literature, as well as contemporary women writers and feminist theory. Her research interests include early modern English historiography and contemporary women novelists.

Her academic and research accomplishments have garnered a National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellowship and the Melanie R. Rosborough Fellowship of the American Association for University Women.

The annual lecture series is organized by MSU's Institute for the Humanities, with guest speakers including scholars, writers and artists from around the world. The College of Arts and Sciences and offices of Research and Economic Development and the Provost are co-sponsors.

For more information, contact College of Arts and Sciences Dean Gary Myers at 662-325-8071 or

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