Film: The Reivers

When April 14, 2018, 2:00 PM
Where Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Main Library, Francis Auditorium, 310 North Tryon Street Charlotte, NC 28202
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Cost $0.00
Who is Invited General Public, UNC Charlotte campus community
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The film “The Reivers” will be shown on Saturday, April 14 at 2 p.m. at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library’s Main Library in its Francis Auditorium. The showing of this film is part of “The Southern Child in Literature and Film” series of cultural events, presented by the English Department, supported by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council and co-sponsored by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. The initiative’s goal is to provide opportunities for the community to explore the diversity of Southern childhood.

The film series features films set in the South in which child characters play significant roles. “The Reivers” is a film adaptation of William Faulkner's final novel, published in 1962 and winner of his second Pulitzer Prize. Steve McQueen plays the rascal Boon Hoggenbeck in this comic film, set in 1905 Mississippi.

The English Department at UNC Charlotte has a long tradition of promoting the study of Southern literature and culture. In keeping with this 40-year history, the English Department developed “The Southern Child in Literature and Film” series of events, which are open to the public and will take place at various venues both on campus and in the Charlotte community.

Program components provide opportunities for participants to interrogate and discuss how childhood and children are reflected in literature and film and to consider how those portrayals influence cultural and social realities and vice versa. People think about children and childhood in the South in overgeneralized terms, initiative organizers say. The realities of childhood in the South actually are different depending on race, socioeconomic status, gender, sexuality, religion, politics, ethnicity, generational connections and geographical location in the region. The tensions between these diverse childhood experiences and how they shape identity is often reflected in Southern literature and film.