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  • Join Author and Blackburn Professor Karen Dillon February 14th for the College and Community Luncheon

    Picture of author and Blackburn professor Karen Dillon
    February 6, 2018, Carlinville, IL—
    Blackburn College will host the first College and Community Luncheon of the spring 2018 semester on Wednesday, February 14 at 12 pm in the Auxiliary Dining Rooms in the Demuzio Campus Center. The cost of luncheon admission is $7.50.


    This month’s luncheon is a preview of the upcoming book, The Spectacle of Twins in American Literature and Culture, presented by the book’s author and Blackburn College English Professor Dr. Karen Dillon.

    According to Dr. Dillon, the book examines the premise that “cultural representations of twins across artistic disciplines in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries recycle the image of twins as a spectacle—literal and figurative images of twins side by side who speak and act in unison, dress identically, are disturbingly close and indistinguishable from one another, and who perform their supposed identicalness before a public gaze.” Dr. Dillon examines “a broad range of cultural texts (literature, photography, television, documentary film, commercials, nonfiction) and draws upon history, psychology, and science to analyze how this spectacle of twinship informs popular expectations of, responses to, and fantasies about twins.”


    Dr. Dillon earned her PhD in American literature from Indiana University in 2011; her M.A. in English from Miami University in Oxford, OH in 2004. She’s been teaching at Blackburn since 2011 in the English & Communications department, where she teaches literature and first year writing and has served as Coordinator of First Year Writing and Director of the Writer’s Block. Dr. Dillon published her first book in 2015, a collection of essays on teaching HBO’s television series The Wire titled The Wire in the College Classroom: Pedagogical Approaches in the Humanities, co-edited with Blackburn College colleague Dr. Naomi Crummey.


    RSVP for the luncheon to Teresa Kirk at (217) 854-5775 or email