The UALR Department of English will host English professor Thomas Leitch from the University of Delaware at 7:00 p.m, Monday, April 4, in the Donaghey Student Center, Room C. A reception will follow the lecture, both of which are free and open to the public.
Leitchâ€™s talk, I Love You, Youâ€™re Perfect, Now Change: Revising the Classics, looks at adaptations of classic written texts. The lecture is in conjuction with the UALR Cooper Honors Program in English special seminar â€śTwicetold Tales.â€ť
Leitch is a literary critic and film studies specialist. He obtained his Ph.D. from Yale and is now director of the concentration in Film Studies at the University of Delaware where he teaches courses in American film, as well as literary and cultural theory.
Since 1989, he has reviewed mystery and suspense novels for Kirkus Reviews, where he is senior editor. He has published articles on Dickens, Henry James, Donald Barthelme, and Hollywood genres from musicals to whodunits to slasher films.
Leitch’s books include What Stories Are: Narrative Theory and Interpretation, Find the Director and Other Hitchcock Games, The Encyclopedia of Alfred Hitchcock, Crime Films and Perry Mason, and Film Adaptation and Its Discontents. He is a past president of the Literature/Film Association.
For more information about Leitchâ€™s lecture, contact the English department at 501.569.3161.