[Msa-discuss] [NYMASA] Salon Talk November 1st with Mathilde Roza

Ellen Garvey ellengarvey at earthlink.net
Thu Oct 27 10:10:31 EDT 2011

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The New York Metro American Studies Association is delighted to present a
Tuesday, November 1st at 6:30pm
Mathilde Roza (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
Following Strangers: The Life and Literary Works 
of Robert M. Coates (University of South Carolina Press, 2011)

We are thrilled to have Mathilde Roza visiting us 
from the Netherlands to discuss her new 
book.  Tracing the intriguing and 
often-overlooked life and career of Robert M. 
Coates (1897–1973), Following Strangers brings 
much deserved attention to the accomplishments of 
this twentieth-century fiction writer, essayist, 
critic, and poet. Mathilde Roza's biography is 
based on extensive archival research and 
impressively documents Coates's life from his 
Connecticut boyhood to his final publications. 
Along the way Roza surveys Coates's many literary 
achievements as well as his personal interactions 
with iconic writers and thinkers of his era, 
including Gertrude Stein, Peggy Guggenheim, 
Reginald Marsh, Ernest Hemingway, Robert McAlmon, 
Malcolm Cowley, Kenneth Burke, James Thurber, E. B. White, and Nathanael West.

In this first book-length study of Coates, Roza 
effectively balances the diverse interests and 
cultural occupations of this man of many talents, 
suggesting he deserves recognition for his 
strikingly idiosyncratic fiction, which tests the 
boundaries between modernism and postmodernism, 
and for the originality and diversity of his entire body of work.
In her talk, Roza will focus on Coates’s 
relationship to New York City, his remarkable 
fictional representations of the city in his 
novels, and his life-long association with the 
New Yorker as staff member, critic and contributor of short stories.

Salon Talks are an opportunity for local American 
Studies scholars to share their published work 
with an intimate audience. They tend to be small, 
lively, and informative. This semester all Salon 
Talks will be held at 6:30pm (note new time!) in 
the Faculty/Staff Lounge, 8th floor of the West 
Building at Hunter College (Lexington Avenue and 
68th Street).  For more information, please 
contact Sarah Chinn at 
<mailto:sarah.chinn at hunter.cuny.edu>sarah.chinn at hunter.cuny.edu.

Sarah E. Chinn
English Department
Hunter College, CUNY
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065

<mailto:sarah.chinn at hunter.cuny.edu>sarah.chinn at hunter.cuny.edu

Ellen Gruber Garvey, Ph.D.
Department of English
New Jersey City University
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