Freshman Voltaire's Coffee: Professor Mackay presents Haunts of the Black Masseur: The Swimmer as Hero by Charles Sprawson; September 6
Tue, September 6, 2011 • 7:00 PM
Carol Mackay, Haunts of the Black Masseur: The Swimmer as Hero by Charles Sprawson; September 6.
Part cultural history, part literary legacy, part memoir, this absorbing account has been called the best celebration of swimming ever written. In the author's own words, "The peculiar psychology of the swimmer, and his ‘feel for water,’ form the basic themes of this book." (Professor MacKay acknowledges that she is a daily swimmer in Barton Springs six months out of the year.)
With graduate degrees from Stanford University and UCLA, Professor Carol MacKay specializes in Victorian fiction, Women's Studies, and autobiography. She is the author of Soliloquy in Nineteenth-Century Fiction (1987) and Creative Negativity: Four Victorian Exemplars of the Female Quest (2001), as well as editor of The Two Thackerays (1988) and Dramatic Dickens (1989), which grew out of her international conference here at UT on Dickens and the theatre. The winner of several teaching awards, most notably the AMOCO Outstanding New Teacher Award and the Harry Ransom Award for Teaching Excellence, Professor MacKay has been a member of the Distinguished Teaching Academy since 2003. Her most recent book publication is a critical edition of Annie Besant's 1885 Autobiographical Sketches. She confesses to being an ailurophile.