An acclaimed book and a controversial cult film classic will be the subject of the Victor J. Emmett, Jr., Memorial Lecture at Pittsburg State University. Larry McClain, associate professor of English at Nebraska Wesleyan University, will speak on “Fighting in the Closet: ‘Fight Club’ and the Language of Same Sex Desire.” The free lecture will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, in the Balkans Room of the Overman Student Center.The subject of McClain’s lecture is Chuck Palahnuik’s 1996 novel, Fight Club, which was made into a controversial film, now a cult classic, starring Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, and Helena Bonham Carter, and directed by David Fincher.Each year in September, the winner of the Victor J. Emmett Memorial Prize for the best essay on a literary topic submitted to The Midwest Quarterly is invited to Pittsburg State to receive the Emmett Prize and to deliver a scholarly lecture.The lecture honors the late Dr. Victor J. Emmett, Jr., who, before his death in 1990, was for 23 years a professor of English at PSU. He also served as editor-in-chief of the Midwest Quarterly from 1976-1981. The award is sponsored by the Emmett family, The Midwest Quarterly, and the English Department of Pittsburg State.The lecture will be followed by a brief awards ceremony and then by a reception in the Heritage Room. For information, please call the PSU English Department at 620-235-4689.
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