November 14, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Lecture: Wallace Stevens & Surrealism
Located at the UConn-Hartford campus, The Hartford Times Building, Room 145.
The first book by Hartford poet Wallace Stevens, Harmonium
(1923), records the spirit of New York Dada, a precursor of Surrealism. During the 1930s, Stevens developed a new kind of poetry in response to the Surrealist art he saw at the Wadsworth Atheneum. His breakthrough poem, “The Man with the Blue Guitar” (1937), was inspired by a painting by Picasso. Learn more about the influence of Surrealist art on Stevens in this lecture by University of Connecticut professor, Glen Macleod. In conjunction with the exhibition Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s.
This lecture is part of the series UConn Celebrates Wallace Stevens in Hartford. It includes a lecture on October 10, 2018 about Wallace Stevens by the critic Marjorie Perloff with the poet Susan Howe; and a reading on October 24, 2018 by Dennis Barone and James Finnegan from their anthology Visiting Wallace: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Wallace Stevens.