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The Wrath to Come: Gone with the Wind and the lies America Tells

Sarah Churchwell Interviewed by Nick Higham

Saturday, 1 April 2023

6:00pm

1 hour

Exeter College: Marquee

£7 - £12.50

Cultural historian Professor Sarah Churchwell explains the divisions ripping apart United States society through one of the most popular stories of all time, Gone with the Wind.

Churchwell says histories of mythmaking have informed America’s racial and gender politics including controversies over Confederate statues, resurgence of white nationalism, Black Lives Matter, the power of the American Dream, and the violence of Trumpism. She says the racism in Gone with the Wind is as controversial today as it was when it was first published in 1936. And she looks at 160 years of American denialism from the Lost Cause of the Confederacy to romances behind the Ku Klux Klan, and the erasure of interwar fascism.

Churchwell is professor of American literature and public understanding of the humanities at the School of Advanced Studies, University of London. She has been a judge for the Booker Prize, the Baillie Gifford Prize, and the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and is author of The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe, Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby, and Behold America: A History of America First and the American Dream. Here she talks to journalist Nick Higham, who was the BBC’s first ever media correspondent and is a former presenter of Meet the Author on the BBC news channel.

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The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels Sponsor of the festival crime fiction programme Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller International Literary Properties Supporters of the festival green room The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Republic of Panama Event generously supported by Republic of Panama Cervantes Institute, London Spanish Embassy Event generously supported by the Spanish Embassy Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Owen Mumford Supporter of programme of science and medicine and annual science and innovation award BBC World Service International radio partner Cultural Relations Platform Supporter of the festival's Voices of Europe programme European Union Delegation of the European Union to the United Kingdom Netflix University of Oxford FT Weekend Title partner Marlene Hauser Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore David Isaac Carole and John Allen Lucian Hudson Pank Koria CEO of Project People Masumi and Jonathan Dobson Miles Young Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture George Warren Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture John Roberts Trinity College Trinity College St Cross College St Cross College Lincoln College Lincoln College Worcester College Worcester College New College Exeter College Exeter College: college home of the festival Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies British Academy Royal Academy of Arts Project People Institute of Hospitality Thje Menu Partners Foodbuy Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Bantam Doubleday Doubleday Transworld TORVA Books which change you, your mind, your world Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Compassion in World Farming Pasture to Plate Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Critchleys Accountants to the festival CAV Oxford Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Paul Bloomfield Ltd Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Racalia Olive Oil Olive oil from Sicily Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography Ox in a Box OX magazine Siren Communications Siren Communications - corporate consultants Chêne Bleu Wines of Provence The Wild Geese James Currey Society Pusey House Confucius Institute Literature Ireland Flip through Flanders La Leccia