Open Invitation to Chinese Scholars to Visit the Faulkner Center

Since 2005 more than twenty Chinese scholars from the People's Republic of China have visited the Center for Faulkner Studies—for periods ranging from three to twelve months—to study the works of William Faulkner and to conduct research in the Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection of Faulkner materials.

Among the Chinese Faulkner scholars who have visited the Faulkner Center are Li Changlei and Wang Xiumei of Jinan University, Kong Qinghua, Xia Jun, Li Zhaozhaun, and Tang Liwei of Qingdao University, Lei Hong Zhen and Sun Yu of Chang'an University, Pi Aihong and Chen Lan of Central South University of Forestry and Technology, Changsha; Xiao Yaping of Huazhong University of Science and Technology; Li Mengyu of Ocean University of China; Zhu Tingting of Nanjing Normal University; Guo Xiaohua of Xidian University of Xi'an; and Bai Jing of Harbin Engineering University.

The Faulkner Center extends an invitation to other Chinese Faulkner scholars living in the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong who would benefit from an extended period of study and research related to William Faulkner.

Visiting scholars will be granted Visiting Research Scholar status and will study Faulkner with Professor Christopher Rieger, the Director of the Center for Faulkner Studies, and Professor Emeritus Robert W. Hamblin, the Founding Director of the Center for Faulkner Studies. The scholars will also have the opportunity to visit classes in American literature taught by various members of the English Department, as well as participate in a number of cultural exchange activities. The scholars will also travel to Oxford, Mississippi, to view the locale which provides the setting of Faulkner's novels and stories.

While Southeast Missouri State University is unable to provide any financial support to the visiting Chinese scholars, the university will help the scholars in obtaining a visa and travel forms, waive all normal academic fees, provide office and study space, and assist in locating housing on or adjacent to the campus.

Chinese Faulkner scholars interested in spending several weeks or months at the Faulkner Center should send a resumé and a one-page study/research proposal via electronic mail to For more information contact Dr. Christopher Rieger at


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