Washington University in St. Louis, October 20-22, 2022

Beyond the “Very Small Audience”: Centenary, Archive, and Futures



December 29th 2022 will be the 100th anniversary of William Gaddis’ birth. Washington University in St. Louis, whose Julian Edison Department of Special Collections at Olin Library holds Gaddis’ comprehensive archive and related collections, will commemorate this centenary with, among other things, an academic conference on the prospects for the next 100 years of studying Gaddis’ life and work.

The celebration will include an exhibition of Gaddis’ archive, and other exhibitions, art events and performances. Joel Minor (curator of the Modern Literature Collection at Washington University), and Ali Chetwynd (author of multiple articles on Gaddis’ archive) are the organizers.

The three-day conference—William Gaddis Beyond the “Very Small Audience”: Centenary, Archive, and Futures—will feature a keynote by Steven Moore on “New Directions for Gaddis Studies,” an archive-driven roundtable with a variety of Gaddis scholars on “Gaddis’ Unpublished Creative Work,” readings of Gaddis by fiction writers, and much more. See the Schedule page for the full itinerary.

Attendance is free and open to the public. Go here to register to attend!