Professor Wayne Stengel gave a presentation during X-period on Thursday, September 29, 2015 entitled, “That Voice, That Voice, That Sensuous Voice: Performance Art and the Siren Songs of Pauline Kael”, on the vocal power and rhetorical resources of one of America’s most formidable movie critics.
Kael was a film critic at The New Yorker magazine from 1968 to l991. A recipient of the National Book Award for criticism, she has been the only movie critic to have a selection of her writings included in The Library of America series.
Dr. Stengel has just edited a group of twenty-two essays for Rowman and Littlefield publishers, Talking About Pauline Kael: Critics, Filmmakers, and Scholars Remember An Icon.
Dr. Stengel’s main areas of interest are modern and postmodern literature.