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SLC to host Literary Roundtable on Midwestern Literature

Posted on February 07 2014

The Silver Lake College English Program invites the public to a discussion of Midwestern Literature on Wednesday, February 19 at 12:15 p.m. in Silver Lake College’s Heritage Room. The 30-minute discussion will provide an opportunity to discuss a chapter on Midwestern Literature by scholar David Pichaske and consider the rich body of work that might be considered Midwestern Literature.

English Program faculty member Nick Mohlmann will facilitate the discussion. Mohlmann remarks, “From the notebooks and accounts of Marquette and Joliet to the biblical epics and populist poetry of the Golden Age of Indiana literature to Wisconsin's own Aldo Leopold and Lorine Niedecker, the Midwest has made significant contributions to American letters.  What does it mean for a text to be 'Midwestern'?  How do we define and identify a Midwestern text?  To what end? ”

Pichaske’s chapter on Midwestern Literature is available at

The dates of the remaining Literary Roundtable discussions are Wednesday, March 19 and Wednesday, April 16. The discussions are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Emilie Lindemann at 920-686-6202 or