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Poetry & Poetics Workshop Lunch and Reading Discussion: Socarides & Cavitch on "The New Colossus"
Our discussion will focus on two readings, one “popular” (The Los Angeles Review of Books) and the other “academic” (a book chapter), about the same poem: Emma Lazarus’s “The New Colossus” (1883). Both essays take an interest in how well known and yet unknown Lazarus’s sonnet (inscribed on the Statue of Liberty) has become. And both essays seek to historicize the poem’s production and reception. However, they historicize and interpret for very different audiences and according to different genre conventions. Some questions this discussion of shared reading seeks to explore are: What lines of inquiry, interpretive emphases, and intellectual historical, and/or political stakes are enabled or foreclosed by each of these essays’ publication venues? How do different arenas for poetry and poetics scholarship inflect the way we approach poems we know, or think we know? And how might we approach the “recovery” of such seemingly public, visible poems, such as “The New Colossus”? These questions are simply starting points; we welcome any and all with an interest in poetry and poetics to help create and shape our conversation!
**If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Aran Ruth (firstname.lastname@example.org) by noon on Monday, February 3rd, so that we may plan accordingly. Thanks!**
This reading discussion is the first of three related events. Alexandra Socarides (U. of Missouri) will visit the Poetry & Poetics Workshop on February 20th (to workshop material from her current book project) and on February 21st (to discuss public scholarship such as her “The Poems (We Think) We Know” articles). More details forthcoming – we hope to see you at all three events!
Location: 3154 Angell Hall