Friday, April 21, 2017
Discussion Topic: Reading Dickinson through Different Critical Lenses (Part 1 of 2)
Discussion series participants are accustomed to close reading of Dickinson’s poems from literary, biographical, and historical perspectives. But what new understandings can be gained by applying other modern critical lenses? Part 1 of this two-part session will include a brief introduction to critical theory and a reading of several poems based on sociological approaches, particularly gender (feminist) and class (Marxist).
Leader: Bruce M. Penniman taught writing, speech, and literature at Amherst Regional High School from 1971 until 2007. He is the site director of the Western Massachusetts Writing Project and lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In 1999 he was Massachusetts Teacher of the Year and a finalist for National Teacher of the Year, and in 2009, and he is the author of Building the English Classroom: Foundations, Support, Success (NCTE, 2009). He has served as a teacher curriculum mentor in all three NEH Emily Dickinson: Person, Poetry, and Place workshops and has facilitated discussions in the Poetry Discussion Group on topics ranging from Emily Dickinson and the Bible to Emily Dickinson and Science.
The Emily Dickinson Museum’s Poetry Discussion group meets monthly September through May (except for December) for lively conversation about Emily Dickinson’s poetry and letters. Featured facilitators each month offer fresh perspectives on Dickinson’s poetry.
Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
Location: The Poetry Discussion Group meets at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, on the second floor of Frost Library. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch; beverages and a sweet snack are provided.
Fee: The fee for Museum members is $12/session; the fee for non-members is $15/session. Season subscriptions are $75 for Museum members and $100 for non-members. To become a Friend of the Emily Dickinson Museum and enjoy member discounts, click here.
For more information, contact the Program Department: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (413) 542-8429.