Visiting Author: Barbara A. Heavilin
October 1, 2014 4 p.m.End:
October 1, 2014 5:15 p.m.Location: Robert Bell Building, Room 361
Barbara A. Heavilin will deliver a lecture titled, “Guided and Guarded: The Unseen and Unacknowledged Presence in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Rowling’s Harry Potter”, based on her book From an Existential Vacuum to a Tragic Optimism: The Search for Meaning and Presence of God in Modern Literature, which was published by Cambridge Scholars Press in 2014.
The chapters on Tolkien and Rowling are available in the English office, and there will be a time for discussion and queries following the lecture.
Currently serving as editor in chief of The Steinbeck Review, Heavilin has published numerous articles and books on John Steinbeck and has received the Pruis Award for outstanding contributions to Steinbeck studies. Along with Charles Heavilin, she was co-editor of The Quaker Presence in America and she has also published articles on Margaret Fell Fox, William Wordsworth, and James Thurber, among others. She currently teaches literature classes at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and holds the position of Professor Emeritus of Taylor University.