Student Lecture Explores Disinventing History
Oct 01, 2009FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Laura Hoverson, Academic Affairs
AMY KELLY, Media Relations director
STUDENT LECTURE EXPLORES DISINVENTING HISTORY
Concordia College senior Mackenzie Kane, Fargo, will present the first lecture in the 2009-10 Student Lecture Series at Concordia at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8 in Birkeland Alumni Lounge. The lecture “Freedom within Historical Fiction: Disinventing History and Creating Truth in Malamud’s ‘The Fixer’” is free and open to the public.
Bernard Malamud’s historical novel blends two seemingly opposed entities: fact and fiction. He reimagines the historical events surrounding the unjust imprisonment of Mendel Beiliss, a Jewish man in Russia. Malamud creates a portrait of human suffering and transformation that extends far beyond its specific historical circumstances. Kane explores how and why Malamud compromises historical accuracy and demonstrates that by sacrificing historical truth, a piece of historical fiction can achieve a higher truth, a universal message that transcends its historical setting. By using history as merely a framework, or in Malamud’s words, being free to disinvent history, the author is able to create truth, transforming history into a work of art.
Kane’s faculty sponsor is Dr. David Sprunger, professor of English.