Wednesday, November 14 — Glen MacLeod, UConn Professor of English at Waterbury, will speak on “Wallace Stevens and Surrealism.” The lecture will draw on the major Surrealist exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum, “Monsters and Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s” (October 20, 2018 – January 19, 2019).
Stevens’s first book, Harmonium (1923), records the spirit of New York Dada, a precursor of Surrealism. During the 1930s he developed a new kind of poetry, partly in response to the full range of Surrealist art that he saw at the Wadsworth Atheneum, then the most modern museum in the United States. His breakthrough poem, “The Man with the Blue Guitar” (1937), was inspired by Picasso’s Surrealist period.
3:00 p.m. in the Hartford Times Building, Room 145.