Marooned in Space, Free from Time: Teaching Poetry in the Age of Zoom
This talk begins with our experience of time during the pandemic. Moving through some uses of time in teaching literature and then examining a few poems, it concludes by considering the crucial role of pleasure in both teaching and studying literature remotely. Although Professor Hadas quotes from her own poetry and prose, she also refers to Robert Frost, Walt Whitman, Thomas Hardy, Wallace Stevens, and Homer.
Rachel Hadas is the author of numerous books of poetry, essays, and translations. Her most recent book of poetry (2021) is Love and Dread. Her verse translations of Euripides’s Iphigenia plays appeared in 2018; a selection of her prose, Piece by Piece, was published in 2021. A new book of poems, Pandemic Almanac, is due out this spring. The recipient of honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry and an American Academy—Institute of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, she was a Fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. Rachel Hadas is Board of Governors Professor of English at Rutgers University--Newark, where she has taught for many years.
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