Video: Cape Chronicle, Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University

One of four Faulkner collections in the world are right here in Cape Girardeau, Mo. KRCU News Producer Jacob McCleland and the Director of the Center for Faulkner Studies (CFS) Dr. Chris Rieger discuss the Southeast Missouri State University collection on Cape Chronicle.

The CFS was established at Southeast Missouri State University in 1989 under the leadership of its founding director, Robert Hamblin, following the University’s acquisition of the Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection of William Faulkner Materials, assembled over a 30-year period by Louis Daniel (L.D.) Brodsky of St. Louis.

Christopher Rieger, Associate Professor of English at Southeast, assumed the directorship of the Center in August 2013.

The CFS sponsors and supports educational, scholarly, and public service projects related to William Faulkner, the South, and American and world literatures. In cooperation with BioKyowa, Inc., the Center operates the BioKyowa Visiting Japanese Scholar program. The Center also publishes the Teaching Faulkner newsletter.

The renowned Brodsky Collection includes the Blotner Papers, the research files of Faulkner’s biographer Joseph Blotner.

The Center is also the repository for the materials assembled by Jane Isbell Haynes, a Faulkner scholar and collector. Haynes is the author of William Faulkner: His Lafayette County Heritage and William Faulkner: His Tippah County Heritage.

The Center for Faulkner Studies (CFS) is located on the third floor of Kent Library (Room 309) on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo. The CFS hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment. For additional information, please phone (573) 986-6155, fax (573) 651-5188, or e-mail

Cape Chronicle is produced in conjunction with KRCU Southeast Public Radio, the City of Cape Girardeau Public Information Office and Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Mass Media.