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Book signing celebrates new work by UIS faculty member

October 7, 2003

SPRINGFIELD - Jennifer Haytock, assistant professor of English at the University of Illinois at Springfield, will sign copies of her new book, At Home, At War: Domesticity and World War I in American Literature from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, in the lobby of the Studio Theatre, located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Haytock's first book, At Home, At War examines the way that gender creates an ideological context through which both domesticity and war are viewed and understood. In novels by several authors — including Edith Wharton, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, and Eudora Welty — Haytock shows how the idea of home and domestic rituals contribute to the creation of war propaganda, the soldier's experience of war, and the home front's ability to confront the war after the fact. The work has been called "thought-provoking and informative…bound to become an important work of literary criticism" that will fill "a void in scholarship for this period in American literary history."

The book is published by and available from Ohio State University Press. For information about the book signing, contact Maureen Skube at 206-7459.

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