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2/11/2003 "Mansfield Park" and "Gosford Park" focus of lecture

McMINNVILLE – Peter W. Graham, the Clifford A. Cutchins III Professor of English at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, will speak on "From 'Mansfield Park' to 'Gosford Park': The English Country House, Austen to Altman" Tuesday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

The lecture is sponsored by the Ken and Donna Ericksen Endowed English Department Fund. The film "Gosford Park" will be shown Monday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m., also in Jonasson Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

Graham will connect Jane Austen's novel "Mansfield Park" with the Robert Altman film. Graham has been on the faculty at Virginia Polytechnic since 1978. He was the director of graduate studies in English from 1991-95 and 1996-2001. His research interests include British romantic poetry, Byron, 19th and 20th century British novel, literature and medicine, Darwin, and Jane Austen. He has published four books including "Byron's Bulldog: The Letters of John Cam Hobhouse to Lord Byron," "Don Juan and Regency English," "Articulating the Elephant Man: Joseph Merrick and His Interpreters" and "Lord Byron." He has also edited several volumes and published numerous articles and essays.

Graham received his A.B. from Davidson College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University.

Ericksen, a professor of English at Linfield since 1965, created the endowment in memory of his wife, Donna, a Linfield alumna who passed away in May 2000. She taught reading, writing and English in the Hillsboro School District for 25 years. The endowment allows the English Department to bring speakers to campus for several days to work with faculty and students and to present a public lecture.

For more information, call 504-883-2289.