Rev. Patrick Samway, S.J., to present Boyle Lecture March 6

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 4:30pm
Rev. Patrick Samway, S.J.

MOBILE, Ala. – Rev. Patrick Samway, S.J., professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, will present the annual Boyle Lecture at Spring Hill College. His talk, "Flannery O'Connor's Fictive World of Mystery and Manners,” is set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 in the Gautrelet Room.

Samway recently finished a book on Flannery O’Connor and her editor, Robert Giroux, of Farrar, Straus & Giroux. He also authored “Educating Darfur Refugees: A Jesuit’s Efforts in Chad” (2008); “Walker Percy: A Life” (1997), which was selected by The New York Times Book Review as one of the notable books of 1997; “Faulkner's ‘Intruder in the Dust’: A Critical Study of the Typescripts” (1980). He has edited “A Thief of Peirce: The Letters of Kenneth Laine Ketner and Walker Percy” (1995) and a volume of essays of Walker Percy titled “Signposts in a Strange Land” (1991). With Ben Forkner he has co-edited four anthologies of Southern literature, and with Michel Gresset co-edited two books on William Faulkner.

Samway received his Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been a Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature twice: the University of Nantes, France (1975-76) and the University of Paris VII, France (1979-80); Bannan Scholar-in-Residence, University of Santa Clara (1982-83); Visiting Associate Professor of English, Boston College (1983-84); Visiting Associate Professor of English, Loyola University, New Orleans (Spring 1988); the Will and Ariel Durant Professor of Humanities at Saint Peter’s College, Jersey City, N.J. (1999-01); the Donald MacLean, S.J., Chair at Saint Joseph's University (2002-03).

The Boyle Lecture is an annual event named in honor of the late Dr. Charles Boyle ’50, former professor and chair of the Division of Languages and Literature, academic dean, and archivist at Spring Hill College. Sponsored by the English Department, the Boyle Lecture features a notable writer or scholar in the field of literature.