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Lecture: Wallace Stevens & Surrealism

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 that he saw at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. His breakthrough poem, “The Man with the Blue Guitar” (1937), was inspired by Picasso’s Surrealist period. 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.

Free admission.

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.


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