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Room 265 Sponsored by: English, Department of, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts
Contact: Casie LeGette Assistant Professor of English
Adela Pinch, professor of English and women's studies at University of Michigan, will present a lecture entitled, "Wordsworth in Bed." Pinch specializes in 18th-and 19th-century British Literature. Her books include "Strange Fits of Passion: Epistemologies of Emotion, Hume to Austen" (Stanford 1996,1999) and "Thinking about Other People in Nineteenth-century British Writing" (Cambridge 2010). A reception will follow in the Park Hall library. The event is co-sponsored by the Willson Center for the Humanities and Arts, Rodney Baine Lecture Fund and the English Department. This paper performs an experiment in reading closely a short lyric Wordsworth never published, “These Chairs They Have no Words to Utter,” in the context of the poets’ life and writing circa 1802, and in light of theories of emotion of the past ten years. While Wordsworth poetry has always been crucial to the study of high literary passions—such as the sublime—his writing is also highly attuned to mixed feelings, bad feelings, feelings that are more akin to superficial marks or scuffs.
Georgia Colloquium in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-British LiteratureShare