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"Who Reads Poetry?": A Lecture by Professor Virginia Jackson

When: Thursday, May 30, 2024
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM CT

Where: University Hall, Hagstrum Room, 1897 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: English Department   (847) 491-7294

Group: English Department

Category: Lectures & Meetings, Academic


Please join the Poetry & Poetics Colloquium for a lecture, titled “Who Reads Poetry?,” by Virginia Jackson. Professor Jackson’s talk is adapted from her currently in-progress book project, What is Poetry? A graduate student reading group session–focusing on critic Barbara Johnson’s essay “Apostrophe, Animation, and Abortion” and Professor Jackson’s article “Apostrophe, Animation, and Racism”–will take place in advance of the lecture.

Virginia Jackson is UCI Endowed Chair of Rhetoric . She is the author of Before Modernism: Inventing American Lyric ( Princeton University Press, 2023) and the author of Dickinson’s Misery: A Theory of Lyric Reading (Princeton UP, 2005), which won the Christian Gauss Prize and the MLA Prize for a First Book. She is the editor of On Periodization: Selected Essays from the English Institute (ACLS, 2010) and, with Yopie Prins, the co-editor of The Lyric Theory Reader: A Critical Anthology (Johns Hopkins UP, 2014). Her essays in historical poetics have appeared in Critical Inquiry, PMLA, New Literary History, MLQ, Victorian Poetry, Studies in Romanticism, Nineteenth-Century Literature, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She is one of the founding members of the Historical Poetics working group

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