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The Center for Faulkner Studies is devoted to the study of William Faulkner, sole owner and proprietor of Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi.
The Center for Faulkner Studies (CFS) is located on the fourth floor of Kent Library (Room 406) on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO.
The CFS was established at Southeast Missouri State University in 1989 under the leadership of its founding director, Robert Hamblin, following the University's acquisition of the Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection of William Faulkner Materials, assembled over a 30-year period by Louis Daniel (L.D.) Brodsky of St. Louis.
Christopher Rieger, Professor of English at Southeast, assumed the directorship of the Center in August 2013.
The CFS sponsors and supports educational, scholarly, and public service projects related to William Faulkner, the South, and American and world literatures. In cooperation with BioKyowa, Inc., the Center operates the BioKyowa Visiting Japanese Scholar program. The Center also publishes the Teaching Faulkner newsletter.
The renowned Brodsky Collection includes the Blotner Papers, the research files of Faulkner's biographer Joseph Blotner.
The Center is also the repository for the materials assembled by Jane Isbell Haynes, a Faulkner scholar and collector. Haynes is the author of William Faulkner: His Lafayette County Heritage and William Faulkner: His Tippah County Heritage.
As part of its celebration of the William Faulkner Centennial, the Center for Faulkner Studies commissioned Dr. Grant Lund, a Southeast Missouri State University professor of art, to design and execute a mural of Faulkner.
Housed in the Rare Book Room of Southeast Missouri State University's Kent Library, the Louis Daniel Brodsky William Faulkner Collection is one of the four largest collections of Faulkner materials in the world.
Jane Isbell Haynes was a Faulkner scholar from Memphis, Tennessee. This collection includes publications, correspondence, photographs, and research materials for Haynes' books William Faulkner: His Tippah County Heritage and William Faulkner: His Lafayette County Heritage.