Perfomance time total for Norman and Isaacs: 1 hr. and 15 minutes
Gurney Norman will read from his novel, focusing on the main character D.R.’s unanticipated journey to his family homeplace in Eastern Kentucky, and his subsequent transformation. The author will discuss the novel’s debt to Joseph Campbell's famous study of mythology, Hero with a Thousand Faces, as well as Jungian psychology. A native of Eastern Kentucky, Norman will also offer autobiographical perspectives on the novel’s time and place, as well as discussing the ongoing relevance of Divine Right’s Trip to the study of Appalachian literature and folklore.