At Writers in Progress, Gallatin teachers read from and discuss their current writing projects.
Imani Douglas will present a dramatic excerpt from Snow, a cinematic theater piece. Solving puzzles of the past from the present, Edie Lee wrestles with the story of jazz trumpeter Valaida Snow, ensnared by the Nazis during World War II.
Gregory Erickson will read from Reinventing the Word: Christian Heresy, James Joyce, and the Modernist Literary Imagination, which will be published by Bloomsbury in 2021. The book is a theoretical conversation between the works of Joyce, theology, the history of Christian heresy, and anecdotal first-hand accounts of Erickson’s research and travel from Dublin, London, Antwerp, and York to the Joyce archives in Buffalo, New York.
Liora Selinger will read from an essay-in-progress, “‘Dangerous Sonnets’: The Child’s Mind and ‘Pernicious’ Poetics,” which investigates the surprising controversies about poetry for children in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain. Selinger explores what historical debates on that topic suggest about how adults imagined children’s minds at the time and how those understandings shaped poetic genres and child psychology.
Allyson Paty, associate director of the Writing Program, will moderate.