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Taboo Busting, a panel discussion
In conjunction with the New Orleans Tennessee Williams Literary Festival and the Saints and Sinners conference, Letters Read offers a second, experimental musing. How do we talk about things that were once taboo? How do we reconcile with language that has become politically derisive and now appears taboo?
With Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) as its center point, this panel will examine the canons of 20th-century narrative and how institutional bias is viewed today.
Professionally, Hearn was an internationally recognized journalist credited with putting New Orleans on the map as a tourist destination and introducing Japan to readers in the West. As a man, he pursued a transgressive, outsider existence embracing, and writing literature that crossed Reconstruction-era cultural taboos.
Letters Read is a project of Nancy Sharon Collins, fiscally sponsored by Antenna.