Caribbean Folklore Topic of Annual Hamblin Lecture April 4 at Southeast


Southeast Missouri State University will present the annual Robert W. Hamblin Lecture, “Fight Against One’s Skin: The Skin-Shedding, Bloodsucking Soucouyant in Caribbean Literature,” delivered by Dr. Giselle Anatol, professor of English at the University of Kansas, at 6 p.m. April 4 in the University Center Ballroom A.


The event is free and open to the public.

Anatol’s lecture material comes largely from the research she completed when writing her book, “The Things That Fly in the Night: Female Vampires in Literature of the Circum-Caribbean and African Diaspora.”

Anatol received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Yale University and a Master of Arts in English and a Doctor of Philosophy in English, both from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work is inspired by the Trinidadian folk stories shared with her as a child. She specializes in the study of Caribbean literature, women’s writing and stories written for young people.

Anatol’s lecture is an opportunity to learn about new developments in 21st century literary studies, said Dr. Christopher Rieger, director of the Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast.

“There is interesting and exciting scholarship being done on literature currently, and Dr. Anatol’s research and lecture is a great opportunity to listen and explore a new culture and texts,” he said.

The Robert W. Hamblin Lecture promotes literary studies and general appreciation for literature. The event honors Dr. Robert Hamblin, professor emeritus of English at Southeast from 1965-2013, and director of the Center for Faulkner Studies, which he helped found in 1989 and directed until his retirement in 2013. Hamblin was key to bringing the Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection to the Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast. Additionally, Hamblin wrote and edited more than 20 books, including guides to the Brodsky collection, literary criticism, nonfiction and poetry.

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