Lynne Tillman

MFASO Lecture

Thursday, October 20, 2016

3:00pm - 5:00pm

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Please join us at 205 Hudson for a reading and Q&A with Lynne Tillman, moderated by Christine Smallwood.

Lynne Tillman is a novelist, short story writer, and cultural critic. A graduate of Hunter College, she is currently Professor and Writer-in-Residence in the Department of English at the University at Albany and teaches in the School of Visual Arts’ Art Criticism and Writing MFA Program. Tillman is the author of five novels, four collections of short stories, two collections of essays, and two other nonfiction books. Her writing is often featured in Artforum, Frieze, The New York Times Book Review, and Interview Magazine. She is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and her 2014 collection of essays, What Would Lynne Tillman Do?, was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award.

Christine Smallwood holds a Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and a B.A. with High Honors from Swarthmore College. Her research interests are in the history and theory of the novel, literary criticism, and aesthetic feeling. Her dissertation, “Depressive Realism,” argues for an affect-driven literary history of the Victorian novel and for a critical practice of “depressive reading.” Her reviews and essays have been published in many magazines, including The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Bookforum, and Harper’s, where she is a contributing editor, and where she writes the “New Books” column. Her fiction has been published in The Paris Review and is forthcoming in McSweeney’s.