Description: What types of interpretations come up when someone reads Herman Melville’s The Confidence-Man in the light of recent events or in the context of today’s society? While a lack of confidence in political institutions is a major part of news reports today, presenters also focus on social media, gender interactions, presidential politics, the afterlives of poststructuralism, paranoia, and historical connections.
Meredith Farmer, Wake Forest U
Samuel Otter, U of California, Berkeley
Russ Castronovo, U of Wisconsin, Madison
Peter J. Bellis, U of Alabama, Birmingham
Justine S. Murison, U of Illinois, Urbana
Rodrigo Lazo, U of California, Irvine