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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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From David Copperfield to Midnight Cowboy: Novels and Films about Coming of Age

Starts:
12:30 pm on Thursday, April 10, 2014
Location:
213 Bay State Road, BU Hillel House, 2nd Floor Lounge
Lecture by Professor Julia Brown. Part of the alumni lecture series Arts, Culture & Ideas. The 19th century Bildungsroman, or coming-of-age novel, experienced an afterlife in 20th century film. In this talk Professor Brown will discuss her research into the literary resonances of the award-winning film by director John Schlesinger, Midnight Cowboy (1969). Adapted from a novel by James Leo Herlihy, the film resonates with the concerns of the 19th century Bildungsroman. A light lunch will be served.