UNT’s David Holdeman on Yeats
When: Wednesday February 29th, 7pm
Where: Contact WordSpace at 214-838-3554
David Holdemanis a Professor of English at University of North Texas. Dr. David Holdeman specializes in twentieth-century Irish literature and culture (especially W. B. Yeats); modern British and American poetry and drama; and the theory and practice of scholarly editing. His most recent book, W. B. Yeats in Context (Cambridge, 2010), co-edited with Ben Levitas, features thirty-nine essays by distinguished Yeatsians from around the world. His previous books include The Cambridge Introduction to W. B. Yeats (Cambridge, 2006); “In the Seven Woods” and “The Green Helmet and Other Poems”: Manuscript Materials by W. B. Yeats (Cornell, 2002); and Much Labouring: The Texts and Authors of Yeats’s First Modernist Books (Michigan, 1997). Dr. Holdeman is an active member of the Society for Textual Scholarship and served as program chair for its 2003 conference held at New York University.
W. B. Yeats is a writer who requires, and at the same time tests the limits of, contextual study. More than perhaps any other Irish writer, he produced his own context as much as it produced him. His cultural and political activities, combined with his prolific literary output, made an impact that can only be understood by close attention to his words in relation to the times in which he lived. W. B. Yeats in Context maps Yeats’s world in concise, lively essays by distinguished critics and historians. The places, people, themes and intellectual frameworks most important to his development receive close attention, as do his artistic influences, and the production and reception of his work. As a gateway into the study of Yeats, this volume offers much new information for both students, scholars and anyone interested in the life and times of this enigmatic and influential poet.
The Critics Circles are intimate, salon with limited seating. WordSpace Members: Free. Non-Members $5 RSVP WordSpace 214-838-3554
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