Americanist Dinner Forum Document du Jour: "The National Caricature: America in H.L. Mencken's Satirical Journalism"

West Campus, Conference Room A/B, 6:30pm-8:30pm



The intellectual flagship event of the AMCS Graduate (PhD) Certificate community, AMCS's Americanist Dinner Forum is open to all Wash U Americanist Ph.D. students and faculty. The "Document Du Jour" Dinner Forum is an opportunity for an AMCS graduate student to present intriguing or puzzling documents or materials from their dissertation research and to puzzle through it with colleagues. We'll circulate the document along with a brief cover note from the presenter stating the questions s/he is posing, the rationale for posing them, and the relevant interpretive contexts.

This year's documents will be presented by Di Wang (Comparative Literature). Di invites the Dinner Forum to discuss a set of newspaper articles written by H.L. Mencken: "America Produces a Novelist" (1916), "Mark Twain's Americanism" (1917), "The American" (1918), "Star-Spangled Men" (1920), and "The Land of the Free" (1921).  These pieces reflect Mencken’s unique brand of wit and satire, and speak as much to the politics of satire in his age as contemporary expressions of satire in a “post-fact” world, such as in The Daily Show.

Dinner will be served at 6:30. The forum will begin at 7:00.

RSVPs due by Friday, March 16, 2018 to

Terri Behr

Events & Accounting Assistant