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Keith Dromm, left, and Heather Salter Dromm
Digging into The Catcher in the Rye
Keith Dromm and Heather Salter Dromm publish book on classic novel
By David West

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State faculty Keith Dromm and Heather Salter Dromm have published a book examining the popular novel The Catcher in the Rye. The book, The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy, is a collection of essays on the J. D. Salinger's novel. The Dromms co-edited the book and wrote two chapters.

“We are big fans of the novel, so we were excited to be offered this opportunity to share our views and those of other authors with fans of Salinger’s novel,” said Keith Dromm, an associate professor of philosophy in the Louisiana Scholars’ College. “We were especially interested in working on a writing project together. We are always discussing our individual projects with each other; we thought it would be fun to collaborate on a project, and it was.”

Keith Dromm said that any reader of The Catcher in the Rye would gain insights from the book.

“The book is for any reader of The Catcher in the Rye, not just those with a background, or even an interest, in philosophy,” he said. “It uses philosophy to explain the novel and explore some of it themes. For example, the chapter we wrote together investigates the relevance of Salinger’s biography to interpreting the novel. We hope that readers will find the book fun and interesting, and that it enhances their experience of the novel.”

Heather Salter Dromm is an instructor in the Department of Language and Communication. She recently wrote an essay for Louisiana Folklife entitled The Awakening as Fairytale. She is working on an essay about food codes in Sandra Cisneros' Caramelo, which will appear in the collection Postnational Appetites.

Keith Dromm, a member of Northwestern State’s faculty since 2003, was a 2008 recipient of the Mildred Hart Bailey Research Award. He was honored for his research on the influential analytic philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and on the philosophy of film. Keith Dromm is the author of Sexual Harassment: An Introduction to the Conceptual and Ethical Issues.