What Should Art Be?
Lecture by Joyce Carol Oates
Do artists have a social responsibility? Should art be «pure» and not related to ethical or political issues? What, exactly, is the role of art? These are questions that the American author Joyce Carol Oates has dealt with through a long writing life, both as an author and as a professor in creative writing at University of Princeton and UC Berkeley.
Oates is a legend, and the author of more than 100 books. Known for memorable titles such as Blond, Them, Black Water, The Gravedigger’s Daughter, We Were the Mulvaneys and Babysitter. She has been a consistent favorite for the Nobel Prize of literature the last 25 years, and has been a mentor to writers such as Jonathan Safran Foer and Mohsin Hamid.
This evening, in an exclusive lecture at the House of Literature, Oates will talk about the role of art and that of inspiration and the wellspring of creativity, examined through the work of contemporary writers and poets.
You can also see Oates on Wednesday, August 16, in conversation with writer and journalist Karin Haugen about a long writing life and the power of literature at the University of Oslo’s ceremonial hall. Read more here