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Lyric (and Letters) as Comedy

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 3 – 5pm

Lyric (and Letters) as Comedy

Lecture as part of Prof Calista McRae’s visit to College funded by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science’s Visiting Professor Fund 2016-17.

This talk explores what comic theories can fit a lyric frame. While the modern lyric is entangled with intense feeling, this entanglement glints with humor, just as intense feeling in our actual lives may be shot through with an element of comedy. Through glances at the correspondence and poetry of John Berryman, Robert Lowell, and others, I suggest that humor is central to these writers. In addition, lyric’s relatively unrecognized comedy can open up ways of thinking about humor more generally.

In conjunction with the School of English.

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Centre
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Type: Arts and Culture, Lectures and Seminars, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free
Contact Emailphilip.coleman@tcd.ie

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