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April 22nd, 9am-5pm
The Department of English is a proud sponsor of the Big Read keynote events
Dr. Alexandra Socarides Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri
MLW Lecture & Big Read Keynote Speaker
“Layers of Erasure: Emily Dickinson and the Problem of Recovery”
Wednesday, April 23rd 7:30 pm at the 1891 Opera House
Co-sponsored by Reed Library, The Big Read, the Mary Louise White Fund, and the SUNY Fredonia Department of English.
Despite our best efforts, Emily Dickinson remains the only nineteenth-century American woman poet to be taught in high schools and colleges as well as read by a general and robust audience. more...
In this talk I describe the ways in which women’s poetry was everywhere in the nineteenth century and explore a new explanation for its erasure from literary history. By reading this poetry with knowledge of the cultural and literary conventions that shaped it and circulated it, I argue for a rethinking of our method of recovery – from one that takes its cues from our 21st-century desires to one that listens to the poetry itself.
Big Read Meet & Greet
Thursday April 24th 9:30-11am
Japanese Garden Room in Reed Library
Students are invited for refreshments and casual conversation with our Big Read keynote speaker Dr. Socarides. This event is free and open to the public.
Big Read Library Discussion
Thursday April 24th 6:30pm
Patterson Library, Westfield, NY
“‘Just How the Fingers Hurried’: Emily Dickinson and Poetry Making”
One way to gain access to a seemingly impenetrable writer’s work is to ask how she went about making that work. Where did she sit, did she use a pencil or a pen, what kind of paper did she write on? more...
Did she draft and draft until she got it just so, or did the works we know today come out fully formed? What had she read in the newspaper that morning, or dreamt the previous evening? Who was having an argument within earshot? While these might seem like biographical and historical questions of little importance, investigating them can often get us reading poetry from the inside out: not as nuts to crack, but as the creations of real people in real time. In this talk/discussion, I will explore how reading Emily Dickinson’s poems with such questions (if not, always, answers) in mind gives us new access to her work. See the full Big Read event calendar for more details about events planned throughout the local community.
Bedtime Stories with Sigma Tau Delta
April 29th 6:30-7:30pm
Japanese Garden, in Reed Library
16th Annual Student Research & Creativity Exposition
Williams Center MPR
Come check out the amazing work done by students of the English department and of all the other departments on campus. For more information about the event follow the link. http://www.fredonia.edu/oscar/expo.asp