The English Department is pleased to announce that the Stacy Allen Haines Memorial Lecture this year will be a lecture by Professor Wendy Wall of Northwestern University.
The lecture will take place on Thursday, September 13, at 4:30 p.m. in Convocation Hall.
Wendy Wall is Professor of English and Director of the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities at Northwestern University. Dr. Wall has written several books and articles about early modern literature and culture, on topics as wide-ranging as editorial theory, gender, poetry, national identity, the history of authorship, food studies, domesticity, theatrical practice, women's writing, and Jell-O.
Dr. Wall also gives public lectures in conjunction with the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the Newberry Library in Chicago, and has served as a trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America and co-editor of Renaissance Drama.
Dr. Wall will speak on the English female poet Hester Pulter and her poetry. A short title and description of her talk is below:
Poet in the Making: Salvation, Matter, and Cosmology in Hester Pulter's Works
Imagine a recently discovered 17th-century manuscript that interweaves anguished poetic meditations on regicide, sin, child-loss, and loneliness with the thrill of astronomical, atomic, and chemical discoveries. In Poems Breathed Forth by the Noble Hadassas, a previously unknown English female writer named Hester Pulter offers striking poems that mix detailed scientific knowledge with poetric techniques refined by John Donne and George Hertbert. In her poetry, Pulter capitalizes on the vivid mobility of matter to concoct her own peculiar theory of making, personhood, and salvation.
This event is free and open to the public. A short reception will follow in Convocation Hall.