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Clayton Childress to give a talk, "Under the Cover: The Creation, Production, and Reception of a Novel," December 4, 2017

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Clayton Childress (Vassar '02), assistant professor of sociology at the University of Toronto, will discuss his new book, Under the Cover, on Monday, December 4, 6:00 pm in Rockefeller Hall 200. This event is free and open to the public.

Under the Cover follows the life trajectory of a single work of fiction (Cornelia Nixon's historical novel Jarrettsville) from its initial inspiration to its reception by reviewers and readers. It sheds new light on how decisions are made, inequalities are reproduced, and novels are built to travel in the creation, production, and consumption of culture.

This event is sponsored by the departments of Sociology, English, American Studies, Media Studies and the Dean of Faculty's Office.

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Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, October 11, 2017