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"Marianne Moore: Why Editing Matters," Dr. Heather White

Marianne Moore (1887-1972), major American modernist poet and editor, was one of her age’s shiftiest artists. She made, remade, reordered and selectively suppressed her poems many times during her life, making the establishment of a “definitive” Moore canon nearly impossible. The past decade, however, has seen a Renaissance in the editing of her work, revealing a poet quite different from the one her posthumous readers thought they knew.

"A citizen of Dev's Free State": Familism, the Irish Constitution, and Kate O'Brien's Pray for the Wanderer, Laura Lovejoy (University College Cork)

Kate O’Brien’s fiction has rarely been read as modernist. Yet, like the satirical exercises of her late modernist contemporaries Samuel Beckett and Flann O’Brien, her writing forms a critique of the political and social specifics of late Free State Ireland. O’Brien’s 1938 novel Pray for the Wanderer is part of a collection of Irish novels published in the late 1930s which exhibit a late modernist concern with the relationship between art and its political context(s).

NEW LOCATION: "Prophetic Relish": 1930s famine politics in Beckett's Endgame, Dr. James McNaughton (Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Alabama)

Samuel Beckett was attuned to how Nazi propaganda employed catastrophic threats of starvation and saving prophesies of plenitude to justify atrocity. Dr. James McNaughton freshly argues that Beckett has Endgame perform the aftermath of these strategies to broaden debates about what counts as genocide postwar, to source recent starvation policies in European imperialism, and to extend James Joyce's indictment of literary complicity. 

James Chandler, "The Opium Connection: De Quincey, Dickens, and D.W. Griffith"

Please join us for a Joint Seminar of the Georgia Colloquium in Eighteenth & Nineteenth-Century British Literature and The Interdisciplinary Modernism/s Workshop, with James Chandler, Willson Center Distinguished Lecturer. We will pre-circulate Professor Chandler's paper; those interested in receiving access to the paper, please contact Alex Edwards at 

Friday, March 17, 2016. 3:30pm-5:00pm. Russell Special Collections Building, Room 285