Event Title

An Audience of two: Kurt Vonnegut and the Textual Portrayals of his Greatest Influences

Faculty Advisor

Molly Robey

Graduation Year

2019

Location

Room E106, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

13-4-2019 11:00 AM

End Date

13-4-2019 12:00 PM

Description

Reluctant to begin a career as an author, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. found the inspiration to do so from his ex-wife, Jane Cox, and sister, Alice Vonnegut. The influence of these women extended into the texts themselves; Jane and Alice being portrayed in a score of Vonnegut’s novels. While some critics have argued that only Alice appears in Vonnegut’s writing, others have said that only Jane surfaces as a character. I plan to discuss how both women are represented in Vonnegut’s texts, using knowledge of their lives to support my argument. In conjunction with exploring the women’s emergence in Vonnegut’s novels, I will analyze how he transforms them into literary elements different from their “real-life” character, through hyperbole and other aspects commonly found in science-fiction literature. Moreover, I plan to explore Vonnegut’s early literature, presumably inspired by Jane Cox, as well as the literature published following the death of his sister, in an attempt to see how these events are portrayed in his writing.

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Apr 13th, 11:00 AM Apr 13th, 12:00 PM

An Audience of two: Kurt Vonnegut and the Textual Portrayals of his Greatest Influences

Room E106, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Reluctant to begin a career as an author, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. found the inspiration to do so from his ex-wife, Jane Cox, and sister, Alice Vonnegut. The influence of these women extended into the texts themselves; Jane and Alice being portrayed in a score of Vonnegut’s novels. While some critics have argued that only Alice appears in Vonnegut’s writing, others have said that only Jane surfaces as a character. I plan to discuss how both women are represented in Vonnegut’s texts, using knowledge of their lives to support my argument. In conjunction with exploring the women’s emergence in Vonnegut’s novels, I will analyze how he transforms them into literary elements different from their “real-life” character, through hyperbole and other aspects commonly found in science-fiction literature. Moreover, I plan to explore Vonnegut’s early literature, presumably inspired by Jane Cox, as well as the literature published following the death of his sister, in an attempt to see how these events are portrayed in his writing.