Annette Kolodny Tribute


From left to right, Margo Lukens (University of Maine), Lorrayne Carroll (University of Southern Maine), Sabine Klein (kneeling, University of Maine-Farmington), Michael Johnson (University of Maine-Farmington), Jennifer Tuttle (University of New England), Annette Kolodny (Professor Emerita of American Literature and Culture, University of Arizona), Nancy Gish (University of Southern Maine), and Cathleen Miller (University of New England).

Held at the Maine Women Writer’s Collection at the University of New England, faculty from several Maine campuses gathered together to pay tribute to influential scholar Annette Kolodny, present in Maine to participate in a series of lectures at three UMaine campuses (USM, UMF, and Orono). I don’t usually post Maine-oriented material on the WLA blog, but this seemed like a special occasion, as Professor Kolodny was touring the state in support of her book, In Search of First Contact: The Vikings of Vinland, the Peoples of the Dawnland, and the Anglo-American Anxiety of Discovery, which was awared the 2013 WLA Thomas J. Lyon Book Award for Outstanding Book in Western American Literary and Cultural Studies. Also, among the faculty contributing to the tribute to Professor Kolodny were a couple of WLA members (Michael Johnson,  and Jennifer Tuttle, who hosted the event).