18 October 2007
English Dept. Lecture Series Features a Literary Analogy of
Two Films Released in 1997: Titanic and The Wings of the Dove
The English Department Lecture Series of Jacksonville State University announces
“Beautifully Doomed: Titanic and The Wings of the Dove—Two Films of 1997,” a presentation by Dr. Larry Gray, assistant professor of
In late 1997, two films were released within six weeks of each other: Titanic, which became the top grossing movie of all time,
and The Wings of the Dove, which adapted a long and complex novel by Henry James for a more select, art-house audience. Examined
together, the two films reveal many similarities of plot and setting: both take place in 1912 or thereabouts, are critical of the marriage
market in upper class English society, involve a love triangle, and conclude with a devoted memory to a deceased, innocent American
Dr. Gray will focus most closely on the endings of the two movies. While his discussion will reveal the merits of both films, he will
emphasize the qualities that make The Wings of the Dove a distinguished example of literary adaptation and artistic film-making.
This event will take place on Wednesday, October 24, 2007, at 3:15 p.m. in Stone Center - Room 212 on the campus of Jacksonville State
University. This event is free and open to the public.
The following information about Dr. Gray's credentials is cited on the English Department's Website:
Gray, Larry, Assistant Professor of English.
B.A. (1983), Rhodes College; M.A. (1987) and Ph.D. (2003), University of
Dr. Gray's teaching and research interests include 20th Century British,
19th and 20th Century American, and World Literature. He also has extensive
experience in teaching composition with literature. A revised version of his
M.A. thesis was published in the Henry James Review; his dissertation and
further scholarly work has focused on Henry James's 112 tales or shorter
fictions. He has presented papers in the U.S. and Canada on fiction, film, and
film adaptations. He is a member of The Space Between: Literature in English
1914-1945, the Henry James Society, and the Robert Penn Warren Circle.
For more information, contact Teresa Reed at 782-5456 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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