Last month, I gave the 2006 Rheney Lecture at Vanderbilt University at the invitation of the English Department’s graduate students. The Rheney series is special because the graduate students nominate and choose which speakers they will bring, and I had a wonderful time meeting and learning about the work of quite a number of graduate students there. I’m particularly grateful to Katherine Fusco, who nominated me for the lecture and made sure that the visit went smoothly.

I’ve now posted a transcript of the talk that I gave. Please use the Comments link below to give me feedback or to pose questions.