The conference explores the legacy of Barnard and Columbia alum Erica Jong’s groundbreaking first novel Fear of Flying. An award-winning writer who has been integral in the creation of the contemporary feminine literature genre, Erica Jong is the author of eight novels, several of which have been worldwide bestsellers. Panelists Susan Rubin Suleiman, Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Aoibheann Sweeney, Min Jin Lee, Nancy K. Miller, Rebecca Traister, and Jong herself will engage in a discussion on the impact that Fear of Flying has had on generations of feminist writers.
Erica Jong's best known work, Fear of Flying, has sold more than 18 million copies and been translated into 30 languages. In 1998, Jong was honored with the United Nations Award for Excellence in Literature. She has received Poetry magazine's Bess Hokin Prize and the Deauville Award for Literary Excellence in France. In Italy, she was given the Sigmund Freud Award for Literature in 1975.
Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library acquired a large collection of manuscripts from Jong in 2007. The collection includes thousands of manuscript pages and drafts from her novels along with shorter works that document the author’s process of composition and revision. To read more about the collection, visit www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/news.
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