Rudnicki’s book chapter published
The Robert. C. Snyder Professor of English at Louisiana Tech has contributed a book chapter to “Lewis Nordan: Humor, Heartbreak, and Hope,” published by the University of Alabama Press and available on Amazon. Dr. Robert Rudnicki’s essay, “Eulogizing Space: Eudora Welty’s ‘Still Moments’ and Gaston Bachelard’s ‘Dream Geometry’ in Lewis Nordan’s Fiction,” discusses the usefulness of a phenomenological approach to Nordan’s novels and short stories. Rudnicki said Nordan had once mentioned in an interview that he admired “A Still Moment” because it is experimental and non-traditional, even today. Bachelard, on the other hand, Rudnicki said, was a French scientist turned poet/philosopher who writes about ways that natural and architectural spaces are represented in Southern literature. “Nordan’s literary depictions of these spaces and the ways that they resonate deeply within us are strikingly similar to Welty’s and Bachelard’s descriptions,” Rudnicki said. “If you’ve ever wondered why a childhood house, staircase, attic, cellar, chest, wardrobe or secret copse of trees can seem magical, then the lyrical explorations of Nordan, Welty and Bachelard are a good place to begin.” Rudnicki teaches Southern American literature with a focus on Louisiana writers as well as a 20th century science fiction course. This is his 12th year to teach at Tech.